Jakarta. Hypermart and Matahari Department Store —two Indonesia retail giants under business conglomerate Lippo Group— are rolling out 7,500 staple food packages to Covid-19 self-isolating patients across five areas in Jakarta.
Roy N Mandey, commissioner at Matahari Putra Prima (Hypermart) and Matahari Department Store, handed over the twelve trucks-worth of assistance to Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan at IRTI Monas in Jakarta on Monday, to be later distributed.
The food backages, which include medical aid, will be given to patients currently self-isolating at home or government-prepared facilities according to the Jakarta Social Agency's latest data.
“Together we all are currently trying to overcome the pandemic’s impact, but at the same time, we have to care for those in self-isolation,” Roy said.
“They must not and are currently unable to go anywhere. This is why we are [distributing] this humanitarian aid so they can fulfill their staple and medical needs [at home], especially with Eid al-Adha just around the corner,” he added.
Roy said he hoped this can inspire other businesses to also provide humanitarian assistance and help out the government in tackling the pandemic. He also reminded the public to observe safety protocols and get the Covid-19 vaccine.
According to Matahari Department Store representative Miranti Hadisusilo, the retailer has a history with Jakarta when its late founder Hari Darmawan founded Matahari in 1958 in Pasar Baru, Central Jakarta.
“We hope this humanitarian aid does not only illustrate how Matahari will always be there to help the public, but also bolsters our synergy with the Jakarta provincial government,” she said.