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'Where else can I find justice?', disabled dentist writes to Jokowi as civil servant dream crushed

  • Syofiardi Bachyul Jb

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Padang   /   Sat, July 20, 2019   /  09:52 am
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Dentist Romi Syofpa Ismael poses for a photo at the office of the Padang Legal Aid Institute. Romi, who has been on duty in a remote area in West Sumatra for the past four years, is having trouble securing permanent employment because of her disability.(JP/Syofiardi Bachyul Jb)

Romi Syofpa Ismael, a dentist from West Sumatra, had her dream crushed when her disability led the South Solok administration to remove her name from the civil servant candidate list. But the 33-year-old woman, who has served as a contract dentist for four years at a community health center (Puskesmas) in Talunan, a remote area in the province’s South Solok regency, has refused to back down from demanding justice, as she maintains that being in a wheelchair does not hinder her ability to perform her job. Ami, as the dentist is affectionately called, initially passed a series of tests in 2018 as part of the civil servant candidate selection. However, she could not fulfill all the requirements of the physical examination due to her weak lower legs, which she had suffered from for almost three years. On March 18, Ami received a letter signed by South Solok Regent Muzni Zakari...