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No ‘mudik’, no cry

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Jakarta   /   Fri, April 9 2021   /  01:00 am
mudik ban(JP/T. Sutanto)

The government’s decision to ban the Idul Fitri mudik (exodus) for the second time in as many years should be appreciated. Unlike last year when the restriction was announced after hundreds of thousands of people had already traveled to their hometowns, this year’s ban was made public about a month before the Ramadan fasting month. It prevents travelers from buying a train or plane ticket only to face the hassle of asking for a refund later. This year, Idul Fitri will fall on May 12 or 13, depending on the sighting of the moon. Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy said the ban would be in effect from May 6 to 17. He urged people to avoid nonessential travel outside of their cities of residence during the period to prevent a spike in COVID-19 cases. The classic problem is indeed implementation. It is not known yet how the gove...