Thursday, 09 April 2020 | 05:29 WIB

Koman: Stop Plans on Covid-19 Rapid Tests for MPs and their Families

Human rights activist Veronica Koman (nusabali)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Human rights activist Veronica Koman has asked the Indonesian government to cancel plans on conducting rapid testing for covid-19 coronavirus on 575 members of the House of Representatives and their families.

"Cancel the policy of prioritizing all members of the House of Representatives and their families for the free Covid-19 test. Distribute all the free quota to outside of Java!" Veronica wrote on her Twitter account on Monday (3/23/2020).

According to Veronica, the prioritizing of Parliament members and their families for free coronavirus rapid testing, when it is difficult for the sick people to obtain these tests, shows that the government is not being sensitive.

"All countries are stuttering in dealing with the pandemic, and it is understandable. However, prioritizing all members of the Parliament and their families for free testing while it is difficult for sick people to get the tests is very insensitive. This policy is a reflection of the cronyism culture which indeed affects the Parliament," she said from her twitter account @VeronicaKoman.

Veronica added that the Indonesian government has to ascertain its priorities in terms of the COVID-19 rapid test. She said the safety of doctors and other health workers must be prioritized, as they are the front line in fighting the pandemic, and not members of the Parliament.

"Indonesian government should get the priorities straight. Safety for the doctors and other health workers should be prioritized to fight this pandemic, not the crooks sitting in the parliament," Veronica Koman said.

Previously, House of Representatives Secretary General Indra Iskandar said 575 Parliament members and their entire families would undergo corona virus testing this week.

The rapid tests are expected to be conducted on March 26-27, 2020, in the House of Representatives official housing complexes located in Kalibata and Ulujami, South Jakarta.

"The number of council members reaches 575. If this number is multiplied by four, the average is around more than 2,000, with perhaps the addition of servants and drivers," Indra said on Monday (3/23/2020).