Indonesian Logistics and Forwarders Association (ALFI/ILFA) fully backs up the government policy on Emergency Public Activity Restrictions (Emergency PPKM /PPKM Darurat).
Emergency public activity restrictions, which include tighter travel checks and road closures, have been in place across Java and Bali since Saturday, July 3, 2021.
To combat the country’s worst COVID-19 case surge yet, which peaked at over 27,000 new cases per day, the government has pinned its hopes on a new, modified round of COVID-19 restrictions.
ALFI’s support is also in line with the call from the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) to all parties, including entrepreneurs, to support the implementation of the Emergency PPKM.
Implementing this emergency public activity restrictions policy is expected to suppress the virus spread and will help to recover the economy, according to ALFI chairman Yukki Nugrahawan Hanafi.
“Let’s work together to make this Emergency PPKM from 3 to 20 July run successful. This is an important part in the midst of facing two problems at once, the problem of health and the problem of economy due to this Covid-19 pandemic. The two problems have a corelation,” said Yukki.
He also calls all ALFI members throughout the country to make the Emergency PPKM run as expected. Yukki admitted, the logistics sector was also one of the sectors that was also seriously affected by the pandemic that had lasted more than 1.5 years.
“Let us work together to overcome economic and health problems caused by the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.
Earlier, new Chairman of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN) Arsjad Rasjid reminded that Indonesia was currently facing two wars at once the war in the economic due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the war in the health sector, both of which are interrelated.
“The emergency PPKM is part of our fight against Covid-19. To recover our economy, we must also win the war,” Rasjid said.
Therefore, KADIN asks all parties, including business players to unite and work together to participate in the success of emergency PPKM.
Rasjid invites all parties to take real efforts for community health. “Let us take a real part in this war, ensuring all health needs are still at a reasonable price so that people can buy,” he said.
“People are also expected to buy all the goods as needed,” Rasjid said recently (Sunday, July 4).
If the rate of spread of the virus is successfully suppressed as low as possible, Rasjid believes, in the future, people can work more optimally in respective fields. “In the end, we can escape from the current state of the economy,” he said.
Rasjid admits that it is not easy to undergo the emergency PPKM. As an entrepreneur, he admits that he also feels the impact of the pandemic, including the Emergency PPKM which is currently being implemented on the islands of Java and Bali.
“We are all impacted by this emergency PPKM. All big entrepreneurs, small entrepreneurs, including employees are getting the impact. We admit, this is not easy. But this is part of our struggle. This is a part toward normal lives so that the Indonesian economy can be normal again,” he said.
However, he asked employers, though getting impacts of the emergency PPKM, to guarantee the welfare of employees. He said employees’ welfare must be maintained in order to maximize their contribution to the nation’s economy.
“I ask business players guarantee rights of employees. We need contributions from all parties, including employees, to jointly bring Indonesia out of the current economic situation,” he said.