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Sandiaga expected to grill Ma’ruf in debate

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, March 16 2019   /  12:21 am

The third presidential debate, which is scheduled for Sunday night, will be the first and only vice-presidential candidate debate pitting senior Muslim cleric and non-active Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) chairman Ma’ruf Amin against businessman Sandiaga Uno.Sunday’s debate will revolve around education, health, human resources, social issues and culture.On the topic of health, experts predicted that the deficit of the National Health Insurance (JKN) scheme and the performance of the Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan), the state insurer that runs the program, would come under the candidates’ scrutiny. “JKN and BPJS will be discussed in the debate and I predict that both candidates are going to strengthen the insurance scheme and present their strategies [to improve it],” Hasbullah Thabrany, a public health professor at the University of Indonesia, said on F...