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Indonesian News Issue 25

Dec 9, 2019

Makmur the Becak
This term we have been very lucky to have “Makmur” the becak visiting Francis Jordan, on loan from the Westralian Indonesian Language Teachers’ Association.  A becak (pronounced bech-ak), or cycle rickshaw, is a local means of transport which is also known by a variety of other names such as bike taxi, pedicab, bikecab, tricycle taxi or trishaw. As opposed to rickshaws pulled by a person on foot, cycle rickshaws are human-powered by pedaling. They are a type of tricycle designed to carry passengers on a for-hire basis. Becak drivers are called “tukang becak” and work very hard for their money.  Although the becak is not common in Bali, they are very common on most other islands of Indonesia, especially Java.

During the term, hardworking students have been rewarded with the opportunity to have a ride on this iconic mode of Indonesian transport – the smiles on their faces say it all!

Natalie Belcastro
Specialist Teacher – Indonesian



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