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Lawmakers donating wages to COVID-19 victims

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 1 2020   /  01:14 am
Special chamber: A House of Representatives legislator is directed into a disinfectant chamber prior to attending a plenary session at the House complex in Jakarta on Monday. The plenary meeting was the first to be held since the COVID-19 outbreak. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Special chamber: A House of Representatives legislator is directed into a disinfectant chamber prior to attending a plenary session at the House complex in Jakarta on Monday. The plenary meeting was the first to be held since the COVID-19 outbreak. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)Working from home (WFH) may be effective for slowing down the spread of COVID-19, but for many in the informal sector with no regular pay, this means the loss of their source of income. No work simply means no money.

Members of the House of Representatives are now taking the lead in donating part or all of their salaries to help those whose livelihoods have been most affected by the WFH measures.

Returning from a month-long recess on Monday, some House members immediately proposed for their salaries to be cut by as much as half and the money be given to people who have lost their sources of income.

In th...