Millions in Indonesia, Malaysia head home for Hari Raya

Malaysian Highway Authority officer Kamarudin Moktah showing the slow flow of traffic from a CCTV at the Gombak toll booth yesterday, two days before Hari Raya. The highway links the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur to the east coast states of Pahang,
Vehicles waiting to enter a ferry bound for Sumatra at the Merak port in Cilegon, Banten province, on Sunday. Millions of Indonesians were on the move over the weekend as they returned home to villages and towns across the vast archipelago to mark the end of the Ramadan fasting month. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Malaysian Highway Authority officer Kamarudin Moktah showing the slow flow of traffic from a CCTV at the Gombak toll booth yesterday, two days before Hari Raya. The highway links the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur to the east coast states of Pahang,
Malaysian Highway Authority officer Kamarudin Moktah showing the slow flow of traffic from a CCTV at the Gombak toll booth yesterday, two days before Hari Raya. The highway links the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur to the east coast states of Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan. PHOTO: BERNAMA

Journeys smoother in Indonesia thanks to new infrastructure such as toll roads and sea ports

Millions of Indonesians have hit the newly-launched Trans-Java toll roads since last week as part of the annual mass exodus to celebrate the Muslim festival of Idul Fitri in their hometowns.

Millions of motorcyclists and about 1.3 million vehicles would have left Jakarta by today, the last day of the Ramadan fasting month.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 04, 2019, with the headline 'Millions in Indonesia, Malaysia head home for Hari Raya'. Print Edition | Subscribe