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Jakarta Post

Act what you preach

  • Editorial board

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Sat, September 26 2020   /  01:00 am
President Joko (Presidential Secretariat/Ibrahim)

Since the country’s first positive COVID-19 cases were announced in early March, a number of public officials have tested positive for the disease. This reminds us of loopholes in health protocols as the primary defense mechanism against the virus.  Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi is the latest minister to have contracted the virus, after Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi was infected in March and Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Edhy Prabowo tested positive earlier this month. Budi has been back at work since he recuperated from the disease, while Edhy, despite his recovery, did not turn up for a hearing with the House of Representatives on Sept. 22. Two General Elections Commission (KPU) leaders, chairman Arief Budiman and deputy chairman Pramono Ubaid, tested positive at almost the same time last week. The two had worked in tandem and traveled t...