The Jakarta Post
Diversified conglomerate Mayapada Group and the Tahir Foundation have donated Rp 52 billion (US$3.2 million) to people living in several provinces to help their efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.
Among the recipients were residents of Jakarta, the donations for whom were handed over to Istiqlal Mosque, which received Rp 22 billion, as well as West Java, Central Java and East Java which each received about Rp 10 billion.
Apart from cash or shopping vouchers, Mayapada Group and Tahir Foundation also gave medical equipment such as face masks, infrared thermometers and hand sanitizers, as well as food and drinks from food company Orang Tua Group.
“Some of the Rp 22 billion donation for Jakarta residents has been given to the Social Affairs Ministry on Tuesday in cash or vouchers amounting to Rp 2 billion. The donation has been handed over to Pak M. Syafii Nasution, the ministry’s social protection for disaster victims director,” Mayapada Group founder Dato Sri Tahir said in a statement on Friday.
He added that donations were also handed over to the Jakarta Archdiocese and the Indonesian Communion of Churches (PGI), which would disburse the assistance to their congregations.
“This is our first wave of donations to help efforts in fighting COVID-19,” Tahir said.
Indonesian health authorities have confirmed 893 COVID-19 positive cases as of Thursday, with 78 fatalities and 35 recoveries. Jakarta is the hardest province hit by the outbreak with 515 positive cases and 46 deaths. (kuk)