Jakarta (ANTARA) - PT MRT Jakarta, the operating company of the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) trains, has affirmed that its facilities would be secure in the run-up to the 2024 General Elections.

President director of the company Tuhiyat highlighted that the MRT had been registered as one of the government's national strategic projects (PSN).

"The (PSN) status brings plenty of consequences, including the need to ensure the security of the MRT as a national vital object," he remarked during the MRT Journalist Forum activity in Jakarta on Wednesday (October 25).

Tuhiyat noted that the government had designated the development projects of MRT in Jakarta as a national vital object.

Hence, he said that the Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI) and the National Police (Polri) directly participate in the efforts to maintain security of the facilities, in accordance with Presidential Decree No. 63 of 2004 concerning the security of national vital objects.

Security measures are meant to be taken comprehensively, thereby in the event of mass demonstration, for instance, security personnel will prevent any protesters from getting too close to the facilities of MRT, he explained.

"As a PSN, we are constantly protected. Therefore, God Willing, we will be able to take preventive steps," he remarked.

He then expressed hope that the upcoming general elections would run smoothly without any security problems.

The Directorate General of Railways at the Ministry of Transportation designated MRT Jakarta, along with its supporting facilities, as a national vital object in the railways sector by issuing a decision on February 10 this year.

As a result, measures for securing all facilities of the MRT should be taken by referring to applicable regulations regarding railways as well as the security guidelines for national vital objects.

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