The Jakarta Post
The Jakarta authorities will ban takbiran (recitation of Allah is great) convoys from the streets on the eve of Idul Fitri, as well as not holding a celebration at the National Monument (Monas) area in Central Jakarta, an official has stated.
Jakarta Deputy Governor Sandiaga Uno said on Monday that takbiran “will be split into five areas [municipalities], so as to avoid traffic congestion in the city center.”
Several mosques and city administration facilities were among the planned sites for takbiran, Sandiaga said, but he had yet to specify the five locations.
Sandiaga has forbidden the community from holding convoys and takbiran events that could disturb public order. He added that the city administration would prepare security measures to ensure safety.
“The city administration wants to convey that it wants to keep the takbiran night well-organized, so those who want to hold an event should coordinate with the Jakarta Transportation Agency,” he added.
A number of interest points for takbiran would be determined by the transportation agency, which would coordinate with other security institutions such as the police, the Indonesian Military and the Jakarta Public Order Agency (Satpol PP).
Meanwhile, National Police deputy chief Syafruddin said it would be better if takbiran were held at big mosques such as Istiqlal Grand Mosque in Central Jakarta.
“It is better to hold takbiran at the centers of mosques rather than holding convoys around Jakarta, which would create traffic,” he said. (acr)