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Jakarta Post

Homebound Idul Fitri travel relatively hitch-free: Police

  • Suherdjoko and Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

Semarang and Bandung   /   Sun, June 2, 2019   /  06:09 pm
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Time to ride: A family of four travels on a motorcycle in Cibitung, Bekasi, West Java, on Thursday. Greater Jakarta’s exodus has begun and residents are using any means necessary to return to their home towns to celebrate Idul Fitri.(JP/PJ Leo)

As this year’s Idul Fitri mudik (exodus) kicked into high gear, the National Police reassured the public that holiday traffic would not peak in the coming week.    National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian said this year's mudik lacked a high peak traffic period because many homebound travelers got a head start one week before Idul Fitri.   “This is likely due to the fact that many people already took their vacation days a week before Idul Fitri, which will be observed on June 5 or 6,” Tito said, while observing holiday traffic from a helicopter alongside Indonesian Military (TNI) commander Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto and Health Minister Nila Moeloek on Friday.   He said many holidaymakers had taken advantage of a public holiday marking the ascension of Jesus Christ on May 30 and cuti bersama (collective leave days) to trav...