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Expert staff member, Ahmad Iman Syukri, is suspected of trading echelon I and II positions at the villages, disadvantaged regions and transmigration ministry. As someone placed at the ministry “on behalf” of PKB General Chairperson Muhaimin Iskandar, Ahmad is also suspected of collecting project fees, which has negatively impacted the ministry’s budget absorption and programs.
The government’s efforts to persuade the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) to release a halal (permissible by Islamic law) fatwa (edict) for the AstraZeneca vaccine have been unsuccessful. Amid lobbying, MUI officials asked to be made commissioners at state-owned enterprises. The government then enlisted religious organizations in the regions so that a halal edict can be issued for the vaccine. With the vaccine’s expiration date approaching, the government is currently mapping regions more amenable to the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Doni Monardo, Chair of National Disaster Mitigation Agency, explaines how he should make best decisions out of bad options including in the procurment of reagents. Like masks and protective gear, reagents needed to detect the novel coronavirus became scarce when the Covid-19 pandemic took hold in March-April 2020. This emergency situation was the Indonesian government’s reason for buying whatever reagents available.