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Jakarta Post

Staying afloat amid the pandemic

Wed, May 20, 2020   /   01:51 pm
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    Disc jockey Anton Wirjono performs during a livestreamed concert at his studio in Jakarta on April 18. JP/Seto Wardhana

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    Dancer and tutor Ni Ketut Putri Minangsari demonstrates Balinese dance movements to her students using an online application at the Omah Wulangreh cultural center in Jakarta on May 2. JP/Seto Wardhana.

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    Robert Mulyahardja, a guitar coach with D'Jazz Music School, gives an online private lesson at his house in Pondok Indah, South Jakarta, on May 4. JP/Seto Wardhana.

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    Special Olympics Indonesia (SOIna) trainer, Muhammad Zakroni, performs a morning exercise routine for his students from Depok, West Java, on April 18. JP/Seto Wardhana

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    Deden Muhammad Ramadan, an ustadz (Islamic preacher), recites the Quran inside the empty hall of Sunda Kelapa Mosque in Central Jakarta, on April 29. JP/Seto Wardhana.

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    Yoga trainer, Puti Kemalasari, streams an online class in Bintaro, South Jakarta, on April 22. JP/Seto Wardhana.

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    Owner of Body Fit Jakarta Inggita Syari Anindya performs a Zumba routine during an online class in Kemang, South Jakarta, on April 16. JP/Seto Wardhana

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    Father Ginting (left) leads a funeral service at Dharmais funeral home in West Jakarta on May 16. It is a family-only event. Friends and colleagues participate using a livestreaming application. (right) Laia Elora Permadi, who lives in Bali, watches as family members close her grandmother's coffin. JP/Seto Wardhana

Seto Wardhana

Bob Dylan once sang “And you better start swimmin', or you'll sink like a stone. For the times they are a-changin'”.

The lyrics, written in 1964, have become relevant again as many people and companies grapple to survive amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nearly half of the entire global workforce is in immediate danger of having their livelihoods destroyed by the virus pandemic, according to the International Labor Organization (ILO).

In Indonesia, the weakening economy has prompted many companies to furlough or lay off their employees. The government estimates that 5.2 million people will lose their jobs during the pandemic.

Amid this challenging situation, some businesses and professionals in Jakarta have managed to keep afloat through the use of technology. 

Inggita Syari Anindya, better known as Gita, is the owner of Body Fit Jakarta. Gita has been holding online classes since Jakarta imposed large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) on April 10.

Likewise, Ni Ketut Putri Minangsari also streams her Balinese dancing class from the Omah Wulangreh cultural center in South Jakarta.

Gita and Ketut say that the main challenge is a lagging internet connection as they teach movements that require particular tempos. 

For D’Jazz Music School guitar coach Robert Mulyahardja, online classes allow him to attract more students, including those who live overseas.

Some professionals utilize online connections not necessarily for profit.

Disc jockey Anton Wirjono held a live-streamed concert to entertain his fans at home and to raise funds, which were used to provide personal protective equipment for medical workers.

Muhammad Zakroni – a PE teacher and trainer for Special Olympics Indonesia (SOIna) athletes – uses the internet to continue providing lessons for his students at home.

More than for business and education, the internet has also provided a virtual space for people to pray together – whether in a Quran recital or a funeral service. [yps]