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Jakarta Post

A much better "mudik" experience

Sat, June 16, 2018   /   11:44 am
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    Plane to see: Planes prepare for take off and land at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali. The airport will serve 724 extra flights for this year’s holiday season.JP/Zul Trio Anggono

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    Across the sea: Families ride on motorcycles to their free ferry rides during mudik (exodus). JP/Suherdjoko

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    Health check: Drivers check their blood pressure to make sure they can safely drive during the 2018 Idul Fitri exodus. JP/ Seto Wardhana

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    Temporary highway: Cars drive on the Pandaan-Malang functional highway, which is open to traffi c eight days before and after Idul Fitri from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. despite being under construction. JP/Aman Rochman

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    Bless us: A train conductor leads a prayer with his staff before they leave from Pasar Senen Station in Jakarta to Malang in East Java.JP/Dhoni Setiawan

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    Bon voyage: A woman wheels her luggage before entering a bus at the Kampung Rambutan bus station in East Jakarta. JP/PJ Leo

The most precious time of the year for Muslims in Indonesia is when celebrations for Idul Fitri take place.

During mudik (exodus) ahead of the Islamic festivities, Indonesians use all types of transportation modes available to return to their hometowns and gather with their families and loved ones.

Many improvements in transportation were made for this year’s mudik after all stakeholders from the government and authorities to the public learned from mistakes in the previous exodus.

Traffic jam and accident rates are lower this year due to improvements in road infrastructure and highway access.

Nevertheless, the authorities remain on high alert as they look to ensure safety. A string of terror attacks that took place ahead of the Ramadhan fasting month is the main reason why security personnel everywhere have chosen to remain vigilant and not take any chances.

The hard work of everyone in keeping mudik safe is worth it, as seen in the smiles of the children who celebrate Idul Fitri with their parents. May everyone enjoy the traditional dishes of ketupat and opor ayam during their reunions
back home. Happy Idul Fitri