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Jakarta   /   Wed, September 16 2020   /  01:00 am
A Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) officer takes a picture of a motorist who does pushups as a punishment for violating the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in Depok, West Java, on May 19. Punishments for offenders of the PSBB range from pushups and singing the national anthem to sweeping the streets. JP/P.J. Leo (JP/P.J. Leo)

Doubts over whether the reinstated large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) will eventually flatten the curve of COVID-19 transmission in Jakarta linger. The public has the right to express such skepticism as they have witnessed in their life many regulations go unenforced, or worse, as some believe, the regulations are created to be broken. It is really a daunting challenge for the Jakarta Police, Public Order Agency and other bodies to enforce the curbs, as the number of their personnel is far from enough to monitor about 600,000 employees who still work in office spaces, and millions of people who travel from, into and across the city because human mobility has not been entirely banned. Probably because of the desperate need for more personnel to enforce the PSBB, the police have considered the involvement of gang leaders, especially in monitoring the implementation of the restric...