Remarks of President of the Republic of Indonesia during Limited Cabinet Meeting on the Evaluation of Eid al-Fitr Mudik, at the Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, May 24, 2022
First of all, I would like to say thank you to all the people that have made the homecoming tradition before Eid al-Fitr (mudik) ran orderly and follow the Government’s advices and rules on health protocol, vaccination, and the implemented traffic engineering. So, alhamdulillah, the recent mudik was running safely and healthily, without any fatal incident and significant rise in the number of COVID-19 cases.
I would also like to thank to Indonesian Police (Polri), Indonesian Military (TNI), Ministry of Transportation, Ministry of Public Works and Housings, Ministry of Religious Affairs, Ministry of State-Owned Enterprises who have carried out their tasks, and all related parties that have worked hard in managing the traffic flows of mudik, so it ran well.
In the evaluation of this year’s mudik policy, I have received the data showing that the number of public transportation passengers on a week before and a week after this year’s Eid al-Fitr is up to 13 million passengers. It dropped compared to that of 2019 reaching up to 16.8 million passengers. It is due to the use of private transportation which was mostly-preferred, so the number of vehicles on the toll roads going out of the greater area of Jakarta (Jabodetabek) was up to 2.6 million vehicles. Meanwhile, the vehicles on non-toll roads going out of Jabodetabek was up to 2.4 million vehicles. So, the people leaving Jabodetabek were totally 13.3 million people.
From the movements, alhamdulillah, traffic accidents were decreasing to 45 percent compared to that of 2019, from 3,199 to 1,763. The death toll was decreasing to 72 percent, victims with serious injuries were decreasing to 24 percent, victims with minor injuries were decreasing to 42 percent. Based on the survey carried out by Lembaga Survey Indonesia, most people felt satisfied about the management of the traffic flows during this year’s mudik. I think the people appreciate it.
Therefore, I would like to take note of some issues for our evaluation and improvements.
First, once again, I would like to appreciate all of your hard works, so the traffic flows during mudik before and after the Eid al-Fitr went smoothly. However, I think we should keep improving the policy, so next year’s mudik will be better.
Second, we should keep improving. We improve the traffic engineering, starting from odd-even regulations, one-way traffic system, contraflow system applied in toll roads or non-toll roads, so there will be no traffic congestion, as well as providing representative and adequate rest areas.
Third, related to the crossing ports. I think more capacities should be provided for vehicles heading to the crossing ports. The queuing time for vehicles to enter the ferries should be reduced, and also more ferries should be provided, and the area of congested sea ports should be extended, such as that in Merak Sea Port. We should pay attention to this in a more detailed manner.
Fourth, concerning non-toll roads along the southern coast of Java (pansela), please pay attention to the details on facilities and infrastructures, gas stations, lighting, rest areas, I think they have to be prepared for next year’s mudik. I think this is a good alternative.
Lastly, please keep improving the facilities in airports, bus terminals, sea ports, and train stations, especially the facilities in rest areas. Also, provide more capacities of trains during mudik time and provide free mudik programs maximally.
I think if we can do it, next year, it will be better. I think that concludes my remarks.