The Indonesian Transportation Society (MTI) considers that the ban on mudik (going home for Lebaran celebrations) again issued by the Government will not be as effective as it was implemented in the last Eid Al-Fitr 2020.
According to the Head of Advocacy and Community Affairs of MTI Djoko Setijowarno, the ban on mudik will be effective if the Government closes transportation facilities such as terminals, stations, airports and ports. If this is done, there is no need to mobilize apparatus to block access.
“If the ban is easy, just close all airports, terminals, ports and stations, it will be easier where there is no need to deploy many officers to be at the point of the road to block and intercept,” said Djoko.
“Cheaper is more efficient, does not need to spend a large budget”, he added.
According to Djoko, the government also can be better at controlling mudik so that mudik becomes a healthy and safe from the transmission of the corona virus (Covid-19).
One of the measures can be the conducting a covid-19 test on residents who will leave for mudik and repeat it when residents arrive in the city or destination.
“Now the test kits are made by us, using genose and it’s cheap. The health protocol is still enforced with the micro zoning PPKM”, added Djoko.
Djoko said that this step can be better than prohibiting homecoming. According to him, there would still be and many residents who wanted to return to their hometowns to celebrate Eid with their families like last year.
It is known, the government has prohibited people from mudik to this year’s Eid Al-Fitr in order to prevent a spike in positive cases of the corona virus. The prohibition on mudik is in effect from May 6 to May 17, 2021.
“The ban on mudik will start from May 6 to May 17, 2021,” said Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Muhadjir Effendy during an online press conference, Friday (26/3).
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