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KSP Moeldoko: Brush Pessimism Off, Think of Solutions Instead

JAKARTA - Chief of Staff Moeldoko has pledged the public to brush off their pessimism and doubt over the country’s ability in responding to the COVID-19 crisis. The former Indonesian Military (TNI) Commander also encouraged people to help the government in finding solutions amid this strange and uncertain time, instead of firing out falsehoods and blaming each other.

“In any case, pessimism will never solve any problem. Pessimism blocks our creativity and it sucks out our energy," said Moeldoko to the media at the Bina Graha Building, Jakarta on Friday (9/7).

He also demanded all parties to dismiss differences and political interests, reflecting on things that provide positive contribution to the nation instead.

"The government is not anti-criticism, but in this uncertain time, it would be wiser to deliver any criticism along with the solutions. Help us think and help us save society. Let's move together for recovery," he appealed.

In order to reduce the rate of transmission of the COVID-19 virus, President Joko Widodo issued the emergency public activity restrictions (PPKM Darurat) to be imposed in 122 regencies and cities across Java and Bali island starting July 3 to July 20.

The PPKM regulation will limit any activities and mobility in various sectors including business, education, transportation, tourism, and so forth. According to the president, PPKM Darurat would be more restrictive in comparison to the previous policies with stricter sanctions on violators will be applied in accordance with the 2018 Health Quarantine Law.

Meanwhile, data from the Health Ministry as of July 9 showed that there were 38,124 additional positive COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases in Indonesia to more than 2.4 million.

“PPKM Darurat is one of the government's scenarios to suppress the virus transmission so that the mobility of people without symptoms or OTG can be controlled, because those with OTG status are the ones with high potentials in spreading the virus,” said Moeldoko.

According to the Chief of Staff, the government has put in all efforts in responding to the COVID-19 fallouts, including relocating state budgets for matters of health to further provide additional bed capacities for hospitalized patients, supplying oxygen, accelerating vaccination programs and so forth.

However, Moeldoko admits that implementing the PPKM Darurat is not without challenges. The government takes note that the level of people’s mobility during the PPKM period was only reduced by 30%, said Moeldoko. The regulation will be deemed successful if it is able to reduce people’s mobility by 50%.

"Therefore, the government will continue to tighten PPKM until July 20," said Moeldoko.

"So I encourage the public to strictly adhere to the PPKM rules, because the community's obedience is the determining factor for our speedy recovery from this prolonged pandemic crisis."

Although the PPKM regulation certainly has an impact on the country's economy, this is a difficult choice that must be taken for the sake of public health and mutual recovery, he said.

"Indonesia is recovering because of me, Indonesia is recovering because of you, and Indonesia is recovering because of us," concluded Moeldoko.