Viral Video of Villagers Purchasing New Cars Simultaneously Explained

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  • A video showing residents of Sumurgeneng Village, Jenu Subdistrict, Tuban Regency, East Java, receiving new cars directly from a showroom in Surabaya, East Java, suddenly became widespread and viral, Tuesday, February 16, 2021. (Source: IG @ndorobeii )

    A video showing residents of Sumurgeneng Village, Jenu Subdistrict, Tuban Regency, East Java, receiving new cars directly from a showroom in Surabaya, East Java, suddenly became widespread and viral, Tuesday, February 16, 2021. (Source: IG @ndorobeii )

    TEMPO.CO, JakartaA viral video that became one of Twitter’s trending list entries on February 16 showing a lengthy line of tow trucks carrying new cars that were purchased by village residents of Sumurgeneng located in East Java’s Tuban District. 

    The same video also made its way to Instagram with popular account @ndorobeii highlighting this unique event and in the caption claims that the lines of newly-purchased cars were bought by village residents who had received their compensation from a Pertamina oil refinery project at the Sumurgeneng village. 

    The video interestingly shows a police leading the pack of tow trucks to escort the cars into a narrow rural access road. The Instagram video was viewed 136,479 times and garnered over a thousand comments until Wednesday.

    Village Head of Sumurgeneng, Gihanto, confirmed the contents of the viral video and also confirmed that the cars were indeed bought by village residents after they had received compensation from Pertamina to build a mega oil refinery project taking place over the land areas they owned. The video took place on Sunday, February 14. 

    According to Gihanto, there were at least 17 tow trucks that immediately packed the tiny village access road carrying newly purchased cars that are individually priced at the hundreds of millions of rupiah. 

    More behind the viral video, 225 Sumurgeneng village residents who work as farmers suddenly found themselves financially fulfilled after the state-owned energy company compensated their agriculture lands to make way for an oil refinery that would take a space up to 841 hectares of land. 

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