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Jakarta Post

Economic heroes in time of coronavirus

  • Namira Samir

London   /   Fri, March 27 2020   /  01:30 am

The informal economy is home to many high-risk jobs that attract people neither for their salary nor security. Such jobs draw many with limited choices and resources.

As the sector employs over 60 percent of Indonesia’s workforce, with their struggle and courage, they should be hailed as economic heroes.

Yet, many remain a shadow in official figures. And it is at a time like this, when a pandemic shakes up the globe, that we can truly see the consequence of ignoring the informal economy in our country’s statistics.

In developed countries with a small informal economy, it is fairly easy to cope with employment issues during this pandemic.

In Britain, the government agreed to pay 80 percent of wages of those not working due to the coronavirus crisis if their employer is unable to afford to pay them.

Meanwhile, the Indonesian government is still emphas...