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The government cannot fulfil its second phase target for immunisation against measles-rubella. The Indonesian Pediatricians Association has noted 699 cases of measles and rubella up to September this year. The Indonesian Ulama Council accused the Ministry of Health for being lax in requesting a change of their fatwa (edict) that declared vaccination was haram (illegal in Islam). Now preachers Abdul Somad and Mamah Dedeh have been roped in.
The second-stage measles (M) and rubella (R) immunization in 28 provinces outside the island of Java fell short of its goal. As of last Tuesday morning, only 49.07 percent of 32 million children had been vaccinated. According to the Presidential Staff Office, this shortfall may cause Indonesia to find itself in a measles emergency. Even with an immunization rate of 75 percent, there have been 142,000 cases of infection resulting in 1,945 fatalities.
A group of people will not be exercising their right to vote in the 2019 general elections. There has been a rising trend of active abstention throughout the campaign period, causing both candidate pairs to be on the alert. The abstaining group expresses disappointment in candidates and campaigning methods that they feel are lacking in quality.
Two months ahead of the D-day, as both presidential campaign teams are focusing all their campaign resources on Java, Joko Widodo-Ma’ruf Amin and Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno’s political safaris continue to center around the country’s most populated island.
Feeling he was being sought after raising the issue of suspected police non-neutrality in the 2019 General Election, the holder of the @opposite6890 social media account is in hiding abroad. We attempted to recreate the analytical search that account did on the Sambhar application.
The government detected a potential threat from a “trained” group on the day the elections’ official results are to be announced. The threat is believed to be more dangerous than the known incitements to sedition. There is rumor that the government is preparing snipers for the announcement day
Customs has exposed the smuggling of tens of Harley-Davidson motorcycles over the Indonesia-Timor Leste border. Investigators have only charged a truck driver. This reporting was done through cooperation between Tempo, the Tempo Institute, and Free Press Unlimited.
Members of the military and a retired general are believed to have been involved in delivering weapons and ammunition for the May 22 “protest.” With the intention of producing martyrs, a certain group prepared weapons and snipers. The commander of the Army’s Special Forces made an announcement in response to the riots.
Surya Paloh convened leaders of the ruling coalition to reject Gerindra’s inclusion. After reports of a fractured relationship with Surya, Megawati extends a warm hand to Prabowo Subianto. This could upset the cabinet lineup and the appointment of the MPR leadership.
PDI-P’s Fifth Congress in Bali reconfirmed Megawati Sukarnoputri as general chairperson. It quelled the rumor of competition among her two children.
After meeting with several public figures and former leaders of the Corruption Eradication Commission, President Joko Widodo warmed to the idea of issuing a government regulation in lieu of the KPK law. Pro-government parties reject the plan, cautioning that Jokowi’s coming term in office may not run smoothly.
President Joko Widodo appointed Terawan Agus Putranto as health minister although a decision was once made to suspend his medical license as an ethical sanction. Terawan is believed to have violated a number of points in the Indonesian Medical Code of Ethics in connection with the practice of intra-arterial heparin flushing, known as ‘brain wash’. A team formed by the health ministry recommended for the practice to be put to an end. But the ‘brain wash’ procedure has continued until today. Terawan’s ethical sanctions, such as the suspensions of his Indonesian Doctors Association membership and medical license, were never implemented. Tempo and Tirto.id collaborated to study irregularities in Terawan’s method and dissertation.
The world and the Indonesian public are questioning the government’s transparency in detecting and mitigating the spread of coronavirus in the country. Indonesian foreign affairs minister lobbied the World Health Organization. Appointing a spokesman for coronavirus-related affairs, the Palace reportedly has grown irked by the health minister.
Businesses are lobbying to push the government to put the so-called ‘new normal’ into effect amid the coronavirus pandemic. Unarmed with clear indicators, the government has instructed dozens of regions, some of which are still in the red zone, to return to quasi-normalcy. With still very few specimens tested, various experts are predicting a second-wave outbreak.