‘Mudik’ Ban Should Not Dampen Ramadan Spirit: Religious Minister
Date 21 April 2020
Following a long discussion following the current development of COVID-19 pandemic, the Indonesian Government has finally imposed ban on the annual tradition of ‘mudik’— annual mass exodus ahead of Eid Al-fitr— to curb the spread of the virus.
In response to the issue, Minister of Religious Affairs Fachrul Razi expressed hope that the ban would not dampen the spirit to welcome the holy month of Ramadhan.
“The most important thing is that people can still practice fasting but only at home. There’s no need to return to their hometowns,” Fachrul said on Tuesday (21/4).
According to the Minister, the Government decided to ban mudik since the annual tradition brings more harm than good amid the current situation.
“When people from cities return to their hometowns, they may carry the virus to the villages and transmit it to the villagers, especially the elderly who are most vulnerable to the virus,” he explained.
The Minister also urged the public to continue worshipping with family at home during Ramadan this year. (FID/EN)
Translated by: Estu Widyamurti
Reviewed by: M. Ersan Pamungkas