May 8, 2021, 09.24 AM

Of these, only commuters to work are covered.

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“Those who live outside of Jakarta and need to go to their office in the capital must have a letter from their workplace,” said Jakarta Public Order Agency [Satpol PP] head Arifin. “We wil then cross-list this document with their office and whether it is linked to their work.”

Jakarta Transportation Service head Syafrin Liputo agreed. “We are likely to stop and pull over cars that are loaded with passengers and items, as they are more likely to be holiday travelers. Motorcyclists are more difficult to stop because of their numbers,” he said.

Bogor Mayor Arya Bima and South Tangerang Mayor Benyamin Davnie cited similar concerns. “It will be difficult to keep the public from traveling at the local level, as the government ban on localized travel came late,” said the latter.

Aside from the Greater Jakarta Area and Greater Solo Area, other agglomerations that will be affected by the government policy include the surrounding areas of other Indonesian cities such as Bandung, Medan and Makassar.

Indonesia's annual mudik travels is one of the largest of its kind in the world, comparable to the Lunar Chinese New Year or the year-end Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday travels in the United States. 

(Writer: Vitorio Mantalean | Editor : Diamanty Meiliana)


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