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Herbal goods company Sido Muncul to donate Rp 15 billion in pandemic aid

  • Norman Harsono
    Norman Harsono

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, April 6, 2020   /   05:38 pm
Herbal goods company Sido Muncul to donate Rp 15 billion in pandemic aid PT Sido Muncul director Irwan Hidayat talks to journalists in Jakarta on Nov. 18, 2013. (JP/R. Berto Wedhatama)

Publicly listed manufacturer PT Industri Jamu Dan Farmasi Sido Muncul is set to donate Rp 15 billion (US$906,645) in aid to help Indonesia tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

The company said in a statement on Saturday that the funds would be used to distribute medical equipment, food and Sido Muncul products to drivers, senior citizens, houses of worship and hospitals around the country.

Sido Muncul director Irwan Hidayat said the initiative was a response to several parties that had asked the 80-year-old company for aid. 

“Under such conditions, the greatest challenge is distributing aid. Certain parties might be left unattended. Those parties are the ones we help,” he said as reported by tempo.co.

The herbal drinks manufacturer will distribute the aid in cooperation with the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI), the Indonesian Medical Association (IDI), social enterprise Rumah Perubahan and donation platforms KitaBisa.com and BenihBaik.com.

Read also: We’re all in this together: Companies join hands to mitigate COVID-19 pandemic

Sido Muncul, publicly listed at the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) as SIDO, adds to a list of private enterprises that are donating millions of dollars to help Indonesia fight the escalating pandemic.

The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) has raised more than Rp 300 billion (US$18.3 million) from its members for healthcare equipment and aid for healthcare professionals.

Coronavirus cases in the country climbed to 2,491 persons as of April 6, including 209 deaths, which is the highest death toll in Southeast Asia.