MUHAMMADIYAH.ID, JAKARTA – Chair of the Muhammadiyah COVID-19 Command Center (MCCC) Agus Samsudin said the most crucial issue faced by Indonesia to tackle this pandemic is the absence of crisis management.
It isn’t surprising if the handling perpetuates the pandemic, and this country cannot find precise solutions. Agus, who’s had experience in crisis management, thought the disorganized pandemic management because there are not a clear command system and the commander.
“I’ve managed some crises. There should be only one leader of crisis management, but I see many commanders in this pandemic management. The command was firstly under the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), was taken over by the National Economic and COVID-19 Recovery Committee (KPCPEN), and now handled by some ministers such as Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment and Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs. Thus, what to improve is the command system. Who’s the real number one on this crisis management?” Agus said.
“I don’t think the BNPB is leading the command. Who’s in charge of this crisis now? I think everyone should know this.”
The vagueness of the command system and commander descends into a perpetual crisis. It’s crucial to assign a commander who’s an epidemiologist and not a person from another discipline.
“The person in charge of the management crisis should be the competent one,” emphasized Agus.