Do not make fun of our own products
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) stated that the government will evaluate the Greater Jakarta Integrated Light Rail Transit (LRT) that had reportedly encountered several disturbances in its first week of operation.

Jokowi noted that some of the disturbances, including trouble in the train doors and a power outage at Halim Station, were understandable as LRT is the first driverless rail system in Indonesia.

"We will evaluate any troubles regarding the LRT operation. The evaluation will be carried out by the state-run railway company, PT KAI, and the state-owned rolling stock company, PT INKA," he remarked after attending the opening of the 2023 Indonesian Young Entrepreneurs Association (Hipmi) National Work Meeting in South Tangerang, Banten, Thursday.

Despite the LRT having experienced disturbances during its first week of operation, the president called on the public to not be apprehensive about using the LRT that is a domestic product.

"Do not make fun of our own products. Who else wants to use it if it is not us? If there is a problem, we fix it," he emphasized.

Jokowi explained that the problems that surfaced were important lessons in the operation of the fast train system, akin to what had been experienced by developed countries, such as France and Japan.

"The process of the (operation of the) Shinkansen train in Japan and the TGV train in France also took decades. I know because I visited those countries to learn about the system operation," he remarked.

Earlier, PT KAI, as the LRT operator, had apologized to the public regarding the inconvenience caused to them, such as the pounding braking process, the amassing of passengers due to technical issues, such as problems in the train door, AC and power outages, as well as several information boards that had not functioned optimally.

According to PT KAI, the Jakarta-Bogor-Depok-Bekasi (Jabodebek) LRT had served 28,925 passengers, as of August 29, since being inaugurated on August 28.

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Translator: Yashinta Difa P, Resinta S
Editor: Sri Haryati
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