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Jakartans have MRT, empty roads to enjoy during Idul Fitri holiday 

  • Vela Andapita

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, June 3, 2019   /  02:48 pm
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A vehicle passes a mostly empty and wet Jl. MH Thamrin in Central Jakarta on Jan. 1.(The Jakarta Post/Iqbal Yuwansyah)

The newly launched MRT and empty roads are two of the things Jakarta offers those who don’t go on the Idul Fitri exodus that started last week. “The Idul Fitri celebration [in Jakarta] is my favorite time of the year. The roads are empty, our pockets are full of money and everyone is happy. What’s not to like?” one resident, Ahmad Wildan, said jokingly, referring to the tradition of adults distributing money to children or the poor during the holiday. As the holiday season approaches and people have started leaving Jakarta and heading to their home towns to celebrate Idul Fitri with their families, many others seem to be comfortable enjoying the holiday in the capital. The holiday is expected to fall on June 5. Born in East Java, Lilis Setyaningsih was raised as a Jakartan since her parents moved to the city when she was a baby. As her parents grew old...