MUHAMMADIYAH.ID, JAKARTA – In the forum for discussion on the PPKM (restriction) policy, Chair of the Muhammadiyah COVID-19 Command Center (MCCC) Agus Samsudin said he would let the pandemic issues rest.
The silence told his disappointment and criticism about the government’s uncertain management of the pandemic although the second COVID-19 wave has hit this country. All Muhammadiyah aids to the government seems in vain.
“I’ll begin with the warning from the MCCC before the Eid al-Fitr holiday. We told the government no to allow people to make a homecoming trip. Then, on 1st July we sent President a letter,” Agus said.
“The letter mentioned three things. We urged the president to issue a policy of three-week restrictions; to guarantee public health including provisions of health equipment, medicine, oxygen supply, and others; and to uphold law. Two weeks later the government issued the PPKM and the other policies,” mentioned Agus.
“Now the question is if the PPKM is successful. I won’t talk much about the pandemic. Muhammadiyah has done tremendous endeavors, but all of them seem useless because the system in this country sometimes ignores us and doesn’t accommodate our helps,” complained Agus.
Not only does Muhammadiyah from local to national levels criticize the government, but also take actions to tackle the pandemic.
“For example, we have provided 3,000 beds for COVID-19 patients across Indonesia. Insya Allah the opening of a COVID-19 emergency hospital at Universitas Miuhammadiyah Purwokerto is tomorrow,” he mentioned.
“The other significant program of Muhammadiyah is vaccination services to more than 100,000 people, but we have never shown it off and remind low profile,” Agus said.
“Nevertheless, we keep giving the government recommendations what to do. We don’t talk more, but we do more,” he said.
Though the government disappointed many people, Agus remained to appreciate the government for their significant works.
“President said to add 55 trillion rupiahs for the social protection budget and two million packages of medicine. We appreciate it as we did previously,” said Agus.