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Jakarta Post

The vulnerable miss out during exodus

  • Ika Krismantari and Multa Fidrus

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, September 7 2010   /  09:03 am

Easier said than done may be the best way to describe the failure of state train operator PT KAI to provide designated facilities for people with special needs. Meanwhile, millions of travelers are  doing whatever it takes to make their  journey to their hometowns.That includes taking the rights of the elderly, the handicapped and pregnant women for the comfort of their own families during the annual Idul Fitri holiday exodus.“I just pay an extra Rp 10,000 [US$1.11] to an officer so that he will allow me to take this seat,” said a man sitting in the special car, who asked not to be named.He shared the seat with his wife and only daughter, sitting face-to-face with another young family. Unfortunately, this man was not the only young person in the special car.  Based on The Jakarta Post’s  observations at Tanah Abang train station, Central Jakarta, on Monday, ther...