ACT Fully Supports MUI’s National Movement in Combating Covid-19 and Rebuilding Economy

Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) along with the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) and Police (POLRI) support the National Movement spearheaded by the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) in an effort to overcome the emergency faced by Indonesians.

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ACT fully supports the National Movement pioneered by MUI. (ACTNews/Abdurrahman Rabbani)

ACTNews, JAKARTA — Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) along with the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) and Police (POLRI) support the National Movement (Gernas) spearheaded by the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) in an effort to overcome the emergency faced by Indonesians.

The pandemic has brought a severe impact on the livelihood of the community. The extension of activity restriction policy (PPKM) makes it difficult for many people to make a living, resulting in the increasing poverty-stricken populatiom.

ACT President Ibnu Khajar expressed his readiness to commit to Gernas because it plays an essential role in protecting lives and safety.

"Among of the effects that must be anticipated properly is the economic and social effects, so the participation of civil society from the philanthropic circles is important to contribute to major activities to save the health and economic sides," said Ibnu.

Ibnu continues, he welcomes the movement led by the MUI considering that ACT and MUI has previously jointly committed to solving the problems of the community.

“We have started with collaborative activities between ACT and MUI in several places. We have deployed our humanitarian vehicles and distributed aid from the donors. Alhamdulillah, during the Emergency PPKM we distributed 1,000 tons of food and 100 thousand boxes of drinking water as well as 1,000 heads of cattle in Java and Bali," he said.

ACT has also committed to involving 104 branch offices and volunteers across Indonesia to participate in programs that focus on saving lives and livelihoods.

“We from ACT have expressed our commitment to join this struggle until it is finished and we end this program together. Hopefully, the Indonesian people will become a great nation and be able to get through the Covid-19 pandemic," he said.

MUI Secretary-General Amirsyah Tambunan says MUI has formed its own team to deal with Covid-19 pandemic since the beginning of the outbreak. MUI is expanding its reach to all Indonesian regions.

"The MUI Covid-19 National Movement which we inaugurated today is a continuous movement that has begun since the onset of the pandemic. MUI with all elements of the nation, including scholars, leaders of organizations, and the government must continue to unite to overcome the Covid-19 pandemic. This is clear evidence that MUI is not tired of inviting all parties to always prove their commitment," he said at the virtual inauguration of the MUI Covid-19 National Movement, Tuesday (7/3/2021).

MUI’s Chairman for the Economic Empowerment of the Community and Chairman of Gernas Lukmanul Hakim says this movement was born as a step to overcome Covid-19 and rebuild the economy. He stresses that collaborative actions are needed to overcome this problem.

"We agree that it is not only the government’s job to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, neither it is TNI or POLRI’s job. We must work together to overcome this pandemic," he said.

Lukmanul Hakim explains that Gernas' focus is on dealing with COVID-19, from treatments, patient care, to the funeral of COVID-19 victims. He says Gernas will work together with the government and a number of institutions in tackling the pandemic and rebuilding the economy.

“Gernas MUI works in social and religious fields. We will work together with the help from MUI leaders in Indonesian regions. Alhamdulillah, since Gernas was founded, it has conducted training on COVID-19 funerals and vaccinations," he said.

He reveals that MUI can’t work alone. Hence, MUI invites all elements of the nation to jointly commit to Gernas to overcome the pandemic.

The Director of Social and Cultural Affairs (Dirsosbud) of the Intelligence and Security Agency (Baintelkam) of the Indonesian National Police, Brigadier General Arif Rahman says the National Police supported the MUI Covid-19 National Movement because it is purely carrying out a humanitarian mission, no politics nor business.

"Please cooperate with the ranks of the National Police in all the regions. You can discuss programs with the heads of Regional Police. The point is that the Indonesian National Police fully supports Gernas MUI. Hopefully what we are doing earns Allah’s pleasure," he said.

The President Director of Biofarma, Honesti Basyir says that he has worked hand in hand to support the government's programs especially in preparing the supply of vaccines, medicines and medical devices.

"About vaccine, there are still debates about it, about different kinds and efficacy, etc. If I may, I am reminding you that the best vaccine is what you can get immediately," he said.

He continues the aim of the vaccine was not to provide 100 percent protection. The aim of vaccine is to reduce mortality and the number of patients in the hospital. Therefore, the vaccination program in Indonesia is already on track. In the second wave, 80 percent of those who are hospitalized are those who have not been vaccinated.

"If people are not vaccinated, they don’t protect themselves and the people close to them,” Honesti said.

Biofarma fully supports MUI’s movement as a form of concern for the people of Indonesia dealing with COVID-19 emergency. It takes a national collaboration to deal with this problem.

"We from biopharmaceutical companies support Gernas. We have supplied 95 million doses of vaccine. We can assure the community to get vaccinated as soon as possible more quickly, which means we care more for our families, care more for our nation and country," he said.

The Special Staff of the Indonesian Ministry of Social Affairs Fauzan Amar says that the Ministry of Social Affairs fully supports this program. He says that the Minister of Social Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia even offers to build E-Warungs in mosques, one of whose functions is as a location for distributing basic food assistance to residents affected by Covid-19.

He adds that The Ministry of Social Affairs is currently working on the social welfare date. There are problems of duplicate data entries, names that are only two letters long, names that are mixed with numbers, etc.

"The President has emphasized that the Ministry of Social Affairs distributes various kinds of social assistance that are very necessary to break the chain of transmission of the Covid-19 virus. The Ministry of Social Affairs synchronizes aid recipients with the Social Security Numbers in the Ministry of Home Affairs’ data. There are still double entries," he said.

The event was attended by representatives of various parties: PT Biofarma and PT Indofarma, the Indonesian Doctors Association (IDI), the Ministry of Social Affairs, business people, and philanthropic institutions. []