Gov’t Lauds Islamic Organizations’ Roles in Supporting COVID-19 Handling
Date 19 Mei 2020
The Government appreciates the role of all Islamic organizations in handling the COVID-19 pandemic and in taking precautionary measures against the spread of the disease.
“We’d like to convey our deepest gratitude to the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), the Nahdlatul Ulama Central Board (PBNU), the Muhammadiyah Central Executive Board (PP), and other Islamic organizations,” President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said in his remarks at a Limited Cabinet Meeting, Jakarta, Tuesday (19/5).
The President also expressed gratitude for fatwas (religious order) issued by a Muslim leader on compulsory Muslim prayers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The fatwa also supports the Government’s move to ban on mass exodus (mudik),” the President said, adding that disciplinary action is the key to success in controlling the spread of COVID-19.
“We should have discipline to wash our hands, to keep a safe distance, to wear face masks, and to avoid crowds or mass concentration points,” President Jokowi said.
On that occasion, the President also asked for strict health protocols to be followed on the ground, especially before and during Eid al-Fitr, adding that he noticed several traditional markets have started to get crowded as many people shop for Eid holiday preparation.
“I want health protocols to be followed. There should be physical distancing. We have to wear face masks. Officers should continuously remind the public regarding health protocols on the ground,” the President said. (FID / EN).
Translated by: Syarifah Aisyah
Reviewed by: M. Ersan Pamungkas