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Jakarta Post

MRT Jakarta's no-eating rule goes unheeded

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, May 14, 2019   /  05:38 pm
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Passengers ride the MRT Jakarta during its first day of commercial operations on April 1. (Antara/Nova Wahyudi)

As soon as the sounds of adzan (call to prayer) were heard in the moving trains of the MRT Jakarta on Monday, passengers observing Ramadan were quick to open their bottles of water to break the fast. It is not against MRT rules to drink water and eat dates during Ramadan. Announcements at stations and in trains even notify passengers when it is time to break the fast. However, eating and drinking anything else is prohibited – and the very same announcements inform passengers of this. Some passengers traveling from Bunduran HI Station, Central Jakarta, to Lebak Bulus Station, South Jakarta, paid no attention to this message on Monday afternoon. Aulia, 25, was eating bread for iftar (breaking-of-the-fast meal) when MRT security personnel approached her and asked her to stop eating. She quickly put her bread back in her backpack and apologized, telling the officers that she d...