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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.
Fiasco at the Villages Ministry
Alleged trading of postings within the Villages Ministry shows a major flaw in the practice of good governance. Placement of politicians in ministries are most often problematic.
Women conducting acts of terrorism are themselves the victims of terrorism. There is an urgent need for a paradigm shift in deradicalization programs.
President Jokowi validated hedonistic sensibility on social media when he attended the wedding of social media celebrity Atta Halilintar. It showed scant regard for social empathy.
Demands Cannot Be Met without Cost Sharing
State Health Care and Social Security Agency’s (BPJS Kesehatan) CEO Ali Ghufron Mukti revealed that his agency was still in the red with a deficit of Rp6.3 trillion as of December 2020. The increased premiums starting last January coupled with the decline in the use of BPJS services during the pandemic are expected to help reduce the deficit. Given the pandemic as a non-natural disaster, the government has borne coronavirus treatment costs. Ghufron said that to increase public’s participation, BPJS Kesehatan was exploring an innovative funding mechanism via cooperation with philanthropic institutions with the hope to help fund prospective National Health Insurance-Healthy Indonesia Card (JKN-KIS) holders or even assist settle arrears. This way, the entire population will eventually have access to health care.
A Number of residents mourned over their relatives who were found dead due to flash floods in East Adonara, East Flores Regency, East Nusa Tenggara, Tuesday, April 6. The flash flood that hit Adonara on Sunday, April 4 has caused dozens of people to die and forced hundreds to take refuge. Antara/Aditya Pradana Putra
Battered & Broken
An aerial photo of damages caused by flash floods in Waiwerang, East Adonara, East Flores Regency, East Nusa Tenggara, on Tuesday, April 6. Based on local government data until Tuesday afternoon, as many as 50 people died, 29 were still missing, and hundreds of residents were displaced by the floods that occurred on Sunday, April 4. /Antara/Aditya Pradana Putra
A child carries flowers and water in a plastic bag which are sold to pilgrims at a public cemetery in Rumbai, Pekanbaru City, Riau, Wednesday, April 7. Children around the public cemetery use their spare time after school to sell packages of flowers at a price of Rp5,000 per bag, to take advantage of the traditional moments of Muslims visiting the family graves ahead of the fasting month of Ramadan./Antara/FB Anggoro