MUHAMMADIYAH.ID, JAKARTA – Independence, in Sanskrit, means a prosperous, free, and independent life.
Regarding the 76th independence day of Indonesia, Vice Chair of the Muhammadiyah COVID-19 Command Center (MCCC) hoped people to interpret the independence to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Independence means prosperity for all people, not individuals or groups so that they can get justice, welfare, security, and protection. Independence isn’t for few people who have power or access,” Rahmati said.
“Thus, the important aspect is to provide security and safety to all people,” Rahwati said in the forum of Al Awasat Institute on Monday (16/8).
The government should tackle the pandemic in accordance with five principles of Pancasila.
First, the government should invite religious figures to tell the followers that COVID-19 is a test from God and people should go through it by doing scientific efforts and praying.
Second, the government should raise their sense of humanity and empathy to each Indonesian citizen who has rights to get fair treatment.
“In Indonesia, the government won’t be able to handle the COVID-19 without people’s help because it isn’t a small issue. It’s a terrific problem. Indonesia hasn’t had a health emergency system yet so that health equipment businessmen may not take advantage of this COVID-19,” Rahmawati said.
Third, all people should work together to deal with the pandemic from aspects of health, health protocol, vaccination, and fighting against false information.
Fourth, all people should prioritize deliberation. Rahmawati also criticized the bad coordination between the central and local government and offices.
“They often don’t have risk management capability so that they don’t have alternatives. It’s necessary to have a precise calculation for social policy and economic impacts based on research,” Rahwati said.
Fifth, the government should be all out to prosper people and tackle the pandemic through social-food aid, financial aid, or health service access.
“Disaster is everyone’s business so that the elements should work together. We cannot rely on the government and private parties only but all people should also contribute,” Rahmawati said.