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Jakarta Post

Time to reset: Business as unusual for Indonesia and Thailand

  • Songphol Sukchan


Jakarta   /   Tue, November 24 2020   /  01:00 am
Outdoor concept: Jakarta-based Arts Space (ESAS)’s director Ines Somellera reinvents existing theater piece, 'Xalisco, a place'¸ for the Low Fat Art Festival in Bangkok, Thailand.(Courtesy of Ines Somellera/-)

“Never let a good crisis go to waste,” said Winston Churchill, during World War II. These words should well inspire us all who bear the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone needs to exit this situation and build back better. Today, people in Jakarta can see Puncak in the beautiful blue sky from their homes. There is less PM 2.5 in the air in Bangkok so we can breathe easier. Were there no COVID-19, we would not have witnessed such majestic creatures such as dugongs, sea turtles flourishing along previously touristy beaches, nor would the corals have the chance to recover from trampling feet. But while COVID-19 may have some beneficial impacts on our environment, the pandemic has greatly affected humans socially and economically. COVID-19 exposed the flaws within the global supply chains of goods and services. As the two largest economies in AS...