Introductory Remarks of President of the Republic of Indonesia During a Limited Cabinet Meeting (Through Video Conference) On the Preparation Ahead of Eid-al-Fitr 1441 H/2020 M, Thursday, 2 April 2020 at Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java Province
Date 3 April 2020
Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh,
Distinguished Vice President,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
This is part of the previous limited meeting on the Preparation Ahead of Eid-al-Fitr 1441 Hijri.
We have been carrying out this kind of regular preparations every year, but this year’s fasting month of Ramadhan and Eid-al-Fitr is different since we are facing the challenge of the COVID-19 outbreak.
There are several points that need our concern.
First, maintaining the availability of staple food on the ground. I have inspected the State Logistics Agency (Bulog) and a number of regions regarding the harvests. I can tell that the prices of rice, meat, eggs, sugar, flour, and others are still under control. Minister of Agriculture has reported that in the upcoming weeks, sugar prices may drop to the normal price at Rp12,500 per kilogram. Minister of Trade also said that new garlic and onion imports have entered the country and garlic prices are expected to get back to normal with Rp20,000 to Rp30,000 per kilogram.
We also have to ensure that the distribution of logistics will run smoothly and basic needs are available in the markets. I hope Minister of Home Affairs can remind regions that block their roads so that the logistics distribution will not be disrupted. Since I received a report from two regions yesterday, rice distribution was disrupted due to road closure. So, do tell regional heads regarding the issue.
Second, this is related to social protection and social security package for our people at the grassroots level. Earlier, I have ordered immediate implementation of the program and the distribution, including the Family Hope Program, the Staple Food Cards, and the exemption of electricity charges for 24 million customers using 450 KVa and a 50-percent electricity discount for 7 million customers using 900 KVa. If the program can be implemented immediately, it will benefit the people.
Third, the involvement of religious leaders and mass organizations leaders to educate the public in maintaining physical distance. Regarding the importance of handwashing, reducing mobility to leave the house, the discipline to wear masks, and the implementation of large-scale social restrictions, they need to continue to be implemented to uphold strict health protocol, be it at home or outside the house in a disciplined manner.
That concludes my remarks.
Translated by : Syarifah Aisyah
Reviewed by : M. Ersan Pamungkas