Jakarta. Business conglomeration Bakrie Group donated Rp 20 billion ($1.2 million) to the Covid-19 Task Force on Friday to support the Indonesian government’s handling of the highly contagious disease.
Bakrie Group Chairman Anindya Bakrie visited the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) office in Jakarta to symbolically hand the donation to task force head Doni Monardo.
The government alone will not be able to defeat the disease, which has infected over 1,000 people in Indonesia and killed at least 87 others as of Friday, Anindya said.
“All elements of the community must make contributions. National solidarity and mutual works with the government must take precedence if we want to cope with this crisis,” he said.
The coronavirus outbreak, which has been declared as pandemic by the World Health Organization, has become a global problem that may lead to multidimensional crises especially in the affected countries, he said.
“The scope of this disaster has gone beyond the medical perspective, as it also produces economic, social and even psychological impacts on our community,” Anindya said.
Doni welcomed the donation and thanked Bakrie Group for their active participation in the fight against Covid-19, the formal name of the disease.
“This is a concrete proof of how businesses have a shared responsibility to overcome the real problem facing this nation,” Doni said.
Also present at the event were Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) Chairman Rosan Roeslani and State-Owned Enterprises Ministry senior official Arya Sinulingga.