Politics, Law, Security

Terrorist Attack in Makassar

Demonstrating that Indonesia remains prone to Islamic-based terrorism, a newlywed couple, who had recently joined a radical Islamic faction, died in a thwarted attempt to detonate a bomb at a Palm Sunday mass in Makassar, South Sulawesi. 19 people were wounded in the blast.

“Mudik” Ban

The government has banned the Idul Fitri tradition of mudik (exodus) for the second consecutive year to curb the spread of COVID-19, which has spiked after major public holidays in the past. This year, Idul Fitri will begin on May 12 or 13, depending on the sighting of the moon. Under normal circumstances, some 20 million people in Greater Jakarta travel to their hometowns during the holiday. Muhadjir said the ban would be in effect from May 6 to 17. Last year, the government had difficulty enforcing the ban.