The Basis of Power Cut-off
I would like to request an explanation about the rule or legal basis of the electricity cut-off by the state electricity company PLN that has involved a consumer like me, after being late for the payment of the bill in June, only to be followed on July 7 by the power cut-off in my house.
The PLN also rejected my payment for the June bill on July 6. I was required to pay two-month bills combined with that of July at the same time.
Depok, West Java
THE basis of customers’ temporary power cut-off is regulated in the Decree of the Director of PLN No.386.K/Dir/2010 on the cost of electricity bill payment delay. In the legal basis it is stipulated that the payment of electricity bills is to be done not later than the 20th of each month. If after the date the bill is not yet paid, the PLN has the right to cut off the power supply of the relevant customer and this customer is subjected to a delay cost.
As for the electricity bill payment by the customer Dedi Setiadi, the June bill was not paid and when in July he was going to pay, the bill was already accumulated with that of July so that the customer could not only pay the June bill. This is regulated in the Latter of the Director of Business and Risk Management of PLN No.00135/161/DITBMR/2011 on the change of the cyclic to the non-cyclic system that by the payment point online bank (PPOB) system, the payment of the electricity bill arrears of the previous month is accumulated with the electricity bill of the current month.
The PLN of Depok City has contacted the relevant customer to explain the problem and the customer could accept the clarification. The payment of electricity bills is now done via the PPOB. All PLN bill payments have been done through the banking system.
UP3 Public Relations, Depok
A Letter to the Education Minister
WE fully support the decision of the Central Board of Muhammadiyah and the Educational Institute of Ma’arif of Nahdlatul Ulama to withdraw from the grant awarding process of the Mobilization Organization Program of the education and culture ministry because the presence of discordance in the process of selection. We hope the education ministry will reconsider the grant by applying the right criteria. The fund should be given to organizations that have been long established and are competent in the sphere of education. Besides, there should be clear criteria for organizations that pass proposal evaluations.
As we are aware, the increasing prevalence of smokers in Indonesia is even more worrying especially among children and teenagers. Basic Health Research (Riskesdas) has shown that the prevalence of smokers aged 10 to 18 rose from 7.2 percent in 2013 to 9.1 percent in 2018 (Riskesdas, 2018). This was not compatible with the target of the 2015-2019 National Medium Term Development Plan (RPJMN) to lower the rate of teenage smokers to 5.4 percent in 2019.
We realize that cigarettes contain various substances hazardous to the body. This is even more the case amid the Covid-19 pandemic today. It is because cigarettes constitute one of the risk factors that can cause catastrophic diseases and worsen the severity of illnesses (WHO, 2020). Several studies have indicated that smokers have the risk of suffering from Covid-19 of double severity compared with non-smokers (Zhao et al, 2020).
The awarding of grants to organizations connected with the cigarette industry by the education ministry cannot be justified and can be seen as a form of government support for the cigarette industry. In fact, the cigarette industry produces a very harmful impact, particularly on children and teenagers. This is opposed to the RPJMN, which set the target to decrease the rate of teenage smokers to 5.4 percent in 2019 but in contrary it just increased. Furthermore, this will restrict the demographic bonus to be gained by Indonesia in 2030 and fail the realization of the Golden Indonesia 2045.
The endeavor to protect children and teenagers against the cigarette industry’s manipulation to seek new smokers is to be shared by all parties. On the occasion of the National Children’s Day, we do really hope that the education ministry will support the effort to safeguard the health of Indonesian youngsters in order to create excellent human resources toward the advancement of Indonesia.
Chairman, Tobacco Control Support Center-Indonesian Public Health Experts Association
Presidential Advisory Council’s Clarification
AN article of Tempo of the July 11, 2020 edition titled Stuck Between Four Giants’ Loans contains a statement of Sidarto Danusubroto, a member of the Presidential Advisory Council, at a meeting on June 17, 2020 with Chairman of the Commissioner Board of the Financial Services Authority (OJK). It is written in the article, “…the government or state-owned banks must not provide Mayapada with liquidity assistance.”
The report is erroneous because there was no statement made by Sidarto Danusubroto at the meeting as written in Tempo. We hope a clarification of the report will be made.
Pursuant to Article 4 of the Presidential Regulation No. 10/2007, the Presidential Advisory Council can ask for information from relevant government agencies and other state institutions, including the OJK. The content of the meeting conducted by the Presidential Advisory Council is closed in nature and is not published.
Chairman, Presidential Advisory Council
We obtained the information from two persons who had learned about the meeting. We have requested a confirmation from the member of the Presidential Advisory Council, Sidarto Danusubroto, but there has been no reply—Ed.
The Opening of Tourist Destinations
THE government is seen to have begun to relax the opening of restaurants and movie theaters on the assumption that it is easier to apply health protocols there than in man-made recreation destinations, especially indoor games located at malls. In fact, every day we notice restaurants at malls failing to implement social distancing.
Man-made tourist destinations (theme parks, water parks, games/arcades, family entertainment centers/FEC, children’s playgrounds and trampolines) are easier to comply with health protocols than restaurants and movie theaters as long as regulators apply the formula to determine the number of visitors in the period of the new habits (new normal) as follows:
In order to avoid crowding, the number of visitors is limited by the ratio between the public area and the effective entertainment arena pursuant to the Tourism and Creative Economy Minister’s Regulation No. 30/2014, which is 20 : 80. In the current situation, the ratio becomes 40 : 60 so that the number of visitors in an arena of 2,000 square meters is 40 percent x 2,000 : 800 square meters or 200 visitors because social distancing requires a radius of one meter.
For the water park arena, the effective area is 40,000 square meters excluding parking lots, so the number of visitors is limited to 4,000. Why are they equal? It is because not all visitors of games/arcades and FEC are ticket buyers, some are only accompanying. Meanwhile, all the visitors of theme parks, water parks, trampolines and children’s playgrounds are ticket buyers with activity of more than an hour.
If visitors are not limited according to the above formula, tourist destinations will only be new clusters of Covid-19 infection.
Taufik A. Wumu
Central Executive Board, Indonesian Family Recreation Association