The Twitter hashtag #IndonesiaTerserah (Indonesia, whatever) was trending in Indonesia after healthcare workers expressed frustration at loosening the restrictions and many not following social distancing protocols.
Tirta Mandira Hudhi, a physician and social media influencer, popularized the label when she reacted to crowded airport scenes. Twitter users adopted the tag to show solidarity with health workers.
Doctor and prominent social media user Tirta Mandira Hudhi holds up a sign saying “Indonesia ??? Whatever !!! Do whatever you want. ”Https://t.co/kjhHpM1bDF pic.twitter.com/BMwrAY2jGW
– Langkir Kliwon (@LangkirKliwon) May 18, 2020
Tirta Mandira Hudhi, doctor and prominent social media user holds up a sign that says “Indonesia ??? Whatever!!! Do whatever you want.
Then, health professionals clarified that they have no intention of giving up, and that they will continue to serve the public even though some people do not meet health standards.
An infamous example of this breach is the meeting from a crowd to bid farewell to a popular McDonald’s branch in Jakarta, the country's capital, which is closing its store.
Indonesia struggles to stem the spread of new COVID-19 clusters. According to government data, there are 24,538 confirmed cases and 1,496 deaths from COVID-19.
COVID-19 cases have been recorded in the 34 provinces of the country.
The Indonesian Pediatric Association said the number of children who have died from COVID-19 is the highest in Asia.
The Indonesian government imposed movement restrictions only on April 10, which some observers believe was too late to prevent the spread of the virus. President Joko Widodo had said that total confimation would hurt the economy and displace millions of informal workers.
There are suspicions that Indonesia is attempting the controversial approach collective immunity, although it has been denied by a government official.
However, the government's approach has been criticized by several scientists. Biostatistical doctor Pandu Priono is one of those critics:
Terserah lah, mungkin tidak ada niat untuk mengendalikan pandemi di Indonesia secara serius. Ingat bahwa pemerintah RI berkewajiban melindungi segenap Bangsa Indonesia & Seluruh tumpah darah Indonesia..dst sesuai dg Pembukaan UUD NKRI 1945. https://t.co/M3mgtw3sVG
– Pandu Riono (@drpriono) May 25, 2020
The Coordinating Ministry of Economic Affairs will apply the face-to-face work from May 27 in the interest of the national economic recovery.
Whatever it is, perhaps there is no serious will to control the pandemic in Indonesia. Please note that the Indonesian Government has an obligation to protect the nation and homeland, according to the Constitution.
For her part, biomedical scientist Dr. Indra Kusuma warned that the approach of collective immunity without vaccines will trigger a catastrophic event.
Saya ulangi: Herd Immunity tanpa Program Vaksinasi Massal adalah Genosida https://t.co/nnZe0JBOi8
– Indra Kusuma (@indrakusuma) May 22, 2020
I asked the doctor not to.
I don't want scientists.
Even asking soldiers and police.
Collective immunity without mass vaccination for the population is genocide.
Let me repeat it: collective immunity without mass vaccines is genocidal.
The delay of the central government in implementing measures by COVID-19 has left provincial governments throughout the archipelago stirring solutions that can be applied in their constituencies.
Lack of coordination between central and local governments has put more pressure on front-line health workers, many of whom are exposed to dangerous working conditions while receiving inadequate benefits.
“Taruhan kami nyawa, tapi upah ala kadarnya.” Ratusan perawat di Indonesia tak dapat tunjangan hari Lebaran bahkan gajinya dipotong. Ini masalah yang juga dialami pekerja lain dengan status lepas 🇮🇩 https://t.co/3SOaywF967
– Andreas Harsono (@andreasharsono) May 26, 2020
The wages and benefits of several Indonesian nurses were reduced while fighting Corona.
We risk our lives, but they pay us less than adequate. Hundreds of nurses faced cutbacks in their payments and withheld their thirteenth month payment. Like others who work as contractors.
The Indonesian government has invested heavily in locally manufactured fans. It has also set up a dedicated website to track COVID-19 statistics and the spread of the disease.
But many have wondered if these efforts are too few and too late.
A public health expert quoted in The New York Times said the mass broadcast has already occurred. In the coming weeks, new spreads could emerge from Mudik.
Mudik It is an annual homecoming tradition in which city dwellers join their families in villages to celebrate Eid.
Because of this habit, many went home to celebrate Eid with their family, without observing the collateral risks.
For his part, President Jokowi announced on Instagram that his Government will deploy the Army to apply health security protocols in public spaces when quarantine directives are relaxed.