Jokowi allows “mudik” with these following conditions

3 April 2020 - Mudik, is an Indonesian term for the activity where migrants or migrant workers return to their hometown or village during or before major holidays, especially during Lebaran (Eid al-Fitr) holiday. Each year, there are millions of people in this world’s largest Muslim-majority country return to their hometowns or villages after the Islamic fasting month (Ramadhan). This year, mudik is scheduled to fall in late May, in this horrendous condition of Covid-19 outbreak many medical experts strongly suggest the government to ban this tradition. 

However, President Joko Widodo yesterday decided not to ban mudik, but the government  advises the people should be aware that if they keep going on mudik, they can almost certainly bring the disease to their hometowns. Luhut Pandjaitan, the coordinating minister for maritime affairs and investment, as well as the acting transportation minister explained why the Government still allowed the exodus this year after the cabinet meeting in Jakarta yesterday. . “Even if we choose to prohibit people from mudik, they’d do it anyway. Therefore we decided to tell them instead that mudik will bring the disease to their families so it’s better not to do it,” he explained.

Furthermore Luhut added “Our first consideration is that we don’t want the economy to die. Based on our calculations, this is the best choice.” The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), the highest moslem council in the country, agreed that the government advises people not to go in the upcoming annual exodus, and declared mudik during the pandemic situation is considered haram (forbidden), citing a religious law prohibiting Muslims from leaving a plagued area. Especially Jakarta, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

Jokowi has instructed heads of ministries and related sectors to prepare a specific homecoming scenarios to prevent other massive outbreak caused by this annual exodus as follows:
  1. All the travelers from Jabodetabek (Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi) must be treated as people under observation.
  2. The government is reportedly studying the possibility of setting a public holiday later in the year in order for people to go on mudik as the compensation.
  3. All the regions in Indonesia must follow the instructions on the regional criteria for applying Large Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB) created by the Minister of Health which will be published within 2 more Days.
  4. The president emphasizes discipline to maintain social distancing
  5. All the scenarios prepared must consider every small detail from the beginning people leaving their houses in big cities until arriving in their hometown.
  6. Authorities at the sub-district and village level are advised to tighten surveillance, and allow authorities to use village funds to act as a local social safety net
  7. All the leaders in every level must work with the same vision and mission with the central government. All the policies made in every region must be synchronized with the regulations made from the central.