Over the long Idul Fitri holidays this year, something quite usual appeared on Indonesian social media. For a couple of days the keyword “Brexit” seemed to be trending in Indonesia, which was weird because not only did Britain’s exit (Brexit) happen a few weeks before (nothing ever trends that long) but the fact that it was trending in Indonesia during a holiday season. Turns out, after not-so-much digging, Indonesian social media had adopted this term for the killer (literally) traffic jam in Central Java at “Brebes Exit” which claimed 15 lives.
The term was up there with other common Idul Fitri long holiday issues:
– Cipali, The newly made highway, an alternative of the Pantura or North Coast route
– Traffic and bottlenecks at sea ports
– Operation and countermeasures taken by the authorities and the government
– Pantura, main route used by people traveling from Jakarta to Inner Jave
It would have definitely been funny, had the location not cause so much loss of life.
Here are a few other fun facts: