Never Forget the Other Cases
The effort to stop Covid-19 transmission by social distancing is apparently not so effective yet due to the problem of discipline in Indonesian society.
THE number of positive cases of Covid-19 continues to increase. But on the one hand, there is livelihood that in fact cannot be abandoned and residents have to keep working, such as farmers, factory workers, motorcycle taxi drivers, micro, small and medium-scale businesspeople as well as other workers required to be engaged in production operation.
This situation causes confusion to middle and lower groups of society when they are forced to stay at home while there are other necessities that cannot be ignored at all. It seems that the aid provided by the government to maintain the social distancing policy is not yet economically discernible as the basis or driving force of social life.
Added with the fear of an impending monetary crisis, a drastic hike in prices of basic necessities now looming becomes the daily concern of middle and lower groups of people. It is because their income is currently in a muddle with their consumption capacity or purchasing power coming to a standstill as a consequence of social distancing. The rupiah exchange rate on March 24, 2020 was listed at Rp16,486 per US dollar.
Before the Covid-19 epidemic, the issue frequently discussed was the omnibus bill on job creation. The omnibus bill was aimed at boosting Indonesia’s economic growth and making the omnibus law in the Indonesia Onward Cabinet the straight path toward the acceleration of economic advancement. In every 1 percent increase in the Indonesian economy, it needs a capital accumulation of Rp800 trillion, and the target set in the period of President Joko Widodo’s leadership is Rp4,800 trillion.
The discussion on the job creation bill has been halted with the appearance of Covid-19. Apart from the omnibus bill, what has also escaped reporting is the case of Harun Masiku. The Harun case has turned into complete silence as if everything were all right, while he gave an example of amoral and senseless political education to the Indonesian public.
The same is true of the case of Jiwasraya. The leadership of Jokowi is being hard hit by some major problems. The quality of the Indonesia Onward cabinet is at stake in the settlement of every issue being faced by Indonesia today or at another time. The cases of Covid-19, the rupiah exchange rate, the job creation omnibus bill, Jiwasraya and Harun Masiku are the yardsticks of quality and capacity for the Jokowi regime.
The Gadget Generation
GADGETS have many advantages but they also bear some negative impacts. Gadgets cause somebody to become dependent on them. This is even more the case while the Covid-19 pandemic prevails, which makes students and workers stay at home. The negative impact is that they are playing gadgets more often. The radiation emanating from gadgets will affect the health of children’s eyes. If they use them too long, their eyes will likely suffer from myopia that requires the use of eye glasses at a young age.
Moreover, gadgets can make children inclined to always want to use them and this will make the youngsters unproductive. In fact, Indonesia is creating a productive generation with individual capabilities for the nation’s advancement through the fields being engaged in. Besides, in the years ahead, in 2020-2035 to be exact, Indonesia’s productive-age resources will be abundantly available. This should lead Indonesia to more profound growth.
Parents can have the role of reducing, even putting an end to children’s dependence on gadgets by creating a favorable domestic atmosphere and making children feel happy at home. This atmosphere is the ambience of harmony brought about by parents.
The role of teachers is no less important in lessening children’s dependence on gadgets. Especially under present circumstances when children have a school break, teachers are certainly allowed to give homework to them as a substitute for the learning and teaching process in school. Teachers can use gadgets as a learning medium for students. Wealth can be sought but the character of children is hard to improve.
Fadiya Rafiqah Hasanah