President Joko Widodo and his family walked to a burial ground in Karanganyar, Central Java, for his mother's funeral on Thursday. (Antara Photo/Maulana Surya)

Low-Key Private Funeral for Jokowi's Mother as First Family Observes Physical Distancing

BY :JAKARTA GLOBE

MARCH 26, 2020

Jakarta. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's late mother, Sudjiatmi Notomihardjo, was buried today next to her husband, Widjianto Notomihardjo, at the family's burial site in Karanganyar, Central Java.

State Secretary Minister Pratikno asked the public to refrain from attending the funeral, and instead to mourn and pray from their homes, as the government is implementing physical distancing to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

"Please, pray from your homes. There's no need to come to the funeral because we still have to observe physical distancing," Pratikno said on Thursday.

Yesterday, Jokowi told his cabinet members to stay in Jakarta and not accompany him to Solo so they can concentrate on their duties. 

He also advised those who attended the funeral to keep a safe physical distance as instructed by the government.

"Those [at the funeral], please keep a safe physical distance as the government instructed," Jokowi said.

Central Java Police Chief Insp. Gen. Rycko Amelza Dahniel said 1,200 officers were deployed to secure the road from the funeral home to the burial site.

Tight security was also enforced by the Presidential Guard (Paspampres).

Safety protocols to avoid the spread of Covid-19 were also enforced at the cemetery in Karanganyar.

Medical officers were on standby to check the body temperature of visitors, and then lead them to a disinfectant booth.

There were around 500 chairs prepared for mourners with a considerable distance between them.

The funeral lasted around 50 minutes with no speeches, even from family members.

Jokowi immediately left the burial site after the funeral procession to return to his residence in Banyuanyar, Solo.

President Joko Widodo, left, pays his last tribute to his late mother Sujiatmi Nitimiharjo at the family
President Joko Widodo, left, pays his last tribute to his late mother Sujiatmi Nitimiharjo at the family

Later this evening, Jokowi will take part in a virtual G20 Summit to discuss ways to overcome the Covid-19 pandemic.

"My family and all lawmakers offer our deepest condolences for the passing of Sudjiatmi Notomihardjo," House of Representatives speaker Puan Maharani said on an Instagram post on Wednesday. 

According to Puan, Sudjiatmi was a role model for modesty, which she said the president inherited.  

"Her smile and kindness will always be remembered," Puan wrote.

Pratikno said the president wanted to express his gratitude to all the Indonesian people who had prayed for Sudjiatmi.

"The president wants to thank all the people of Indonesia who expressed their condolences and prayed for the late Mrs. Sudjiatmi Notomihardjo," he said.

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