Politics, Law, Security

COVID Health Concerns Persist

Although death rates and case detections have dropped precipitously to May 2020 levels and over 50% of eligible Indonesians have received one COVID vaccine dose, concern is building over a possible year end surge. Indonesia is hoping to learn from Europe. Communications and Information Technology Minister Johnny G. Plate has warned everyone to stay alert and maintain strict health protocol discipline to prevent new COVID-19 waves from starting. He said the current increase in cases of COVID-19 in European countries must be considered a valuable lesson so that people are more cautious. He asked that everyone paid attention to the valuable lessons offered from the recent increase in COVID-19 cases seen in Germany, Croatia and Slovenia, as well as the country’s own experience last year when it loosened public mobility restrictions without it being accompanied by strict health protocol implementation, which finally triggered the soaring COVID-19 cases. “I hope that we can see how we could fall into the same trap, loosening our health protocol discipline could lead us directly into another wave of COVID-19 cases. Please do not make the same mistakes, so we all can be safe,” he said.

Andika Perkasa Proposed As Armed Forces Commander

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has proposed that Indonesian Army chief of staff Gen. Andika Perkasa should succeed Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto as Indonesian Military (TNI) commander, as the latter enters retirement age on Nov. 8. The nomination was confirmed in a presidential letter sent to the House of Representatives on Wednesday, quashing all speculation that a candidate from the Navy (TNI-AL) might take over the reins of the nation’s armed forces. Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, House Speaker Puan Maharani confirmed that the Jokowi administration had submitted a letter seeking the House’s approval to make Andika the next military commander. “The President has proposed just one name for House approval. Today, [the government] submitted a presidential letter proposing Gen. Andika Perkasa to be the candidate for TNI commander,” Puan told reporters. (Jakarta Post)

Editor’s Note: Perkasa is son-in-law of former Intelligence Chief. Gen. A. Hendropriyono.