The report which was published by Businessweek, was compiled by one NY-based HRC company, ORC.
The report cites "threat of violence from extremists, in particular was a serious drawback to living in Jakarta". ORC took into account the following factors - level of pollution, disease, political violence and availability of goods and services.
I surely like to know the methodology of survey (if there's any conducted) to arrive to the findings on Jakarta.
To be ranked 2nd worst must mean only one thing - the expats who took part in the survey (again, if there's any) must have lived in a squatter on the banks of Ciliwung.
That's why, my response to the report is - it is pure BULLSHIT.
Pollution? Yes, Jakarta is polluted but I believe Beijing fares much worse.
Disease? Apart from the occasional flu, I haven't had anything serious. Medical services is easily accessible. So much easier than in the UK, no thanks to the NHS. Believe me, I've experienced it.
Political violence? A zillion times safer than Bangkok.
Availability of goods and services? So much better than Phnom Penh, which I called home for almost a year.
Crime rate? I've not heard any of my expat friends being mugged. But I have plenty of horrible stories of friends being robbed in London.
Jakarta is not perfect. So are Kuala Lumpur and many other cities. When you live in a foreign place, one must learn to adjust. Learn to accept how things work and understand their culture.
If you want everything to be as what you are used to, then just stay put where you are and don't ever leave. And you'd miss out on learning a whole new great experience which no book could ever come close to give you.