The Jakarta Post
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has requested the members of his Cabinet to focus on governmental affairs and send prayers from the capital instead of going to Surakarta, Central Java, to offer condolences over the passing of the Indonesian leader's mother on Wednesday.
"Based on the President's order, the funeral will be held [within the family] and members of the Indonesian Onward Cabinet and their staffers should remain in Jakarta and focus on their duties," Presidential spokesman Fadjroel Rachman said.
Jokowi's mother, Sujiatmi Notomiharjo, died in Surakarta at 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday. She was 77.
The President had arrived in his hometown from Jakarta at about 6 p.m. In addition to his family members, State Secretary Pratikno and Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung also accompanied Jokowi, Fadjroel said.
Fadjroel told Kompas TV earlier that among the issues that Cabinet members should remain focused on was the COVID-19 pandemic, which has infected 790 people and killed at least 58 in the country to date.
During a press conference at the funeral home, Jokowi said that his mother died after succumbing to cancer.
"My mother had suffered from cancer for the last four years and she had received treatment in Gatot Subroto Army Hospital [in Central Jakarta], but God apparently has his own will," Jokowi said.
Sujiatmi is scheduled to be laid to rest on Thursday at 1 p.m. in the family cemetery in Gondangrejo, Karanganyar, Central Java.
Politicians and public figures alike, including Democratic Party chairman Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono, television journalist Najwa Shihab and former fisheries and maritime affairs minister Susi Pudjiastuti, have extended their condolences for Sujiatmi's passing, joining thousands of other Twitter users posting heartfelt messages on the platform. (aly/afr)