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Jakarta Post

Jakarta streets bear witness to silent friendships, understanding among residents

  • Budi Sutrisno

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, January 5, 2020   /  07:34 am
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Several "angkot" (public minivan) are parked in Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta, Jan. 23. ( Oliver Purba)

Driving his angkot (public minivan) on Jl. Raya Cilincing in North Jakarta on a Sunday afternoon, 36-year-old Muhammad Rizki occasionally stopped in the middle of the road so that some buskers could jump in, even though the old M14, code for angkot serving Cilincing-Tanjung Priok route, was nearly full of passengers. For Jakartans who regularly ride the angkot, it is such a regular scene yet taken for granted many times over, where the drivers voluntarily accommodate young buskers with ukuleles in hand and willingly pull over to drop them off after singing and get their money. “They don’t even know each other’s names. I don’t think we can witness such a thing in other segments of society where people come to help others simply because they share a common understanding of the cruelty of the streets,” said housewife Gonia, one of Rizki’s passengers. For Rizki, ...