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Jakarta Post

Freedom from pandemic

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Jakarta   /   Sat, August 15 2020   /  01:00 am
President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo speaks during a visit to the national COVID-19 task force office at the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) headquarters in East Jakarta(Courtesy of Presidential Press Bureau/Muchlis Jr)

In his annual state of the nation address to the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) on Friday, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo made a big promise. In a Schumpeterian tone of creative destruction, Jokowi likened the current coronavirus-induced economic crisis to a computer crash and that today's stagnation could in fact be a chance for the country to restart the system. "All countries must undergo a brief shutdown, restart and reboot," Jokowi said. President Jokowi also challenged the nation to be more audacious in its ambitions. "Twenty-five years from now, when the Republic is one century old, we must make the great leap and become a developed nation," Jokowi said in his address, which should have been special as the country is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its independence. Also staying true to his Javanese predisposition for always...