Trump says he is on same page with Fauci, is not firing him

first_imgHe has contradicted or corrected Trump on scientific matters during the public health crisis, including whether the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine is effective against the virus.On Monday, Fauci made a point of saying the president had followed his advice on putting social distancing recommendations in place for the country.”The president listened to the recommendation,” Fauci said. “The first and only time that I went in and said: ‘We should do mitigation strongly,’ the response was, ‘Yes, we’ll do it.'”‘Very complicated’The Republican president in the past has repeated critical tweets of officials or enemies rather than make the criticism himself. The retweet fueled speculation Trump was running out of patience with Fauci and could fire him, prompting a White House denial before Trump’s briefing.White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said Trump’s retweet addressed what he considered a false report on his travel restriction involving China, where the novel coronavirus originated.Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was asked on CNN about a New York Times report documenting early warnings issued to the White House about the novel coronavirus. The scientist acknowledged shutting the country down sooner could have saved lives, but cautioned that a number of factors were involved.”Obviously, it would have been nice if we had a better head start, but I don’t think you could say that we are where we are right now because of one factor,” Fauci said. “It’s very complicated.”Already a target of the far right for his contradictions of Trump, Fauci drew more opprobrium after the interview.Trump also denounced the Times story in tweets on Sunday, calling it “Fake.”Last week during the daily White House coronavirus briefing, Trump stepped in and prevented Fauci from answering a question about hydroxychloroquine.”He won’t fire Fauci today,” tweeted Joe Lockhart, press secretary to former President Bill Clinton, a Democrat. “That’s not his style. He needs to humiliate him a while first.”Fauci, 79, has led the federal infectious disease agency since 1984 under Republican and Democratic presidents. Republican George W. Bush honored him with the presidential Medal of Freedom in 2008.Some opinion polls during the public health crisis have shown Americans trust him more than Trump.  On Sunday, Trump retweeted a call to fire Fauci after the top US expert on infectious diseases said lives could have been saved if the country had shut down sooner during the novel coronavirus outbreak.At the briefing on Monday, Fauci said he was answering a hypothetical question in the interview and made clear that Trump had listened to him when he recommended mitigation efforts.”I like him,” Trump said of Fauci. “I think he’s a wonderful guy.” Trump said he had been on the same page with Fauci from the beginning of the crisis, but added that not everyone was happy with the doctor.Fauci has assumed national prominence – and a degree of popular affection – as a leader in the fight against the coronavirus, which has killed 23,543 people in the United States and infected 583,990, according to a Reuters tally. President Donald Trump said on Monday he liked leading health expert Anthony Fauci and did not intend to fire him after Fauci said in an interview that earlier mitigation efforts against the coronavirus outbreak could have saved more lives.At a sometimes contentious briefing with reporters, Trump said he and Fauci had been on the same page “from the beginning” about the virus and played a video for reporters defending his administration’s response.Trump, who played down the seriousness of the virus in its initial stages, has chafed at media coverage suggesting he did not do enough to prevent its spread.center_img Topics :last_img read more

What about the others? ‘Ojol’ relief sparks concerns over aid inequality

first_imgSince its establishment in 2010, homegrown decacorn Gojek has signed up at least 1.7 million ojol driver partners in Indonesia. Rival app Grab entered the Indonesian market in 2014 and has operated alongside Gojek ever since.Furthermore, given the uncertain legal status of motorcycle taxis, the drivers have formed strong driver associations such as the Two-Wheeled Action Movement (Garda), with its 100,000 members, which has actively voiced drivers’ demands throughout the years.Thousands of online ‘ojek’ (motorcycle taxi) drivers rally in front of the House of Representatives building in April last year. They demanded that the government regulate tariffs. (Antara/Sigid Kurniawan)Tadjudin was of the view that the government did seem to pay more attention toward the drivers compared with workers from other sectors, like tourism.Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) data show that 1,642 hotels have temporarily closed as of April 15 with Tourism Ministry data revealing that around 200,000 workers in the tourist sector have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.Some 2.8 million people have lost their jobs so far this year, according to data from the Manpower Ministry and the Workers Social Security Agency (BPJS Ketenagakerjaan). More than half have been furloughed or placed on paid or unpaid leave.To date, Indonesians impacted by the pandemic still eagerly await the full disbursement of the Rp 110 trillion (US$7 billion) worth of social safety net programs allocated by the government, which includes cash transfers, staple food relief, the family hope program (PKH), free electricity and the preemployment card.However, there is still a lingering worry about bureaucratic red tape that might hamper people in accessing the government aid, raising the question about who will be eligible to get it.Social science scholar from Airlangga University Bagong Suyanto said the government should have more objective parameters in deciding on which people to help.Read also: COVID-19: Govt to disburse aid for tourist and creative economy sectors“[The people who are suffering] are not just ojol drivers. People who are laid off, whose businesses have gone bust are suffering as much as the ojol drivers,” he said, adding that the government should pay attention to workers in other sectors so as not to give an impression of unfairness.Djoko Setijowarno of the Indonesian Transportation Society (MTI) and Felix Iryantomo, a researcher from the Transportation Study Institute (Instran), also criticized Pertamina’s policy and contended that the policy should be fair to other workers in the transportation sector such as taxi, bus and even bajaj (three-wheeled taxi) drivers.“The program could lead to jealousy among other transportation business players,” they wrote in a statement.They further argued that the workers on other public transportation modes such as bus drivers were in a more dire situation as they could not switch to logistics transportation in the way ojol drivers can.Garda head Igun Wicaksono denied there was any special treatment for ojol drivers, although he said the drivers did need special attention from the government.“Maybe people think that ojol drivers keep on getting the attention, but to us, it’s normal. The drivers who are still actively working have assisted people in their activities during the pandemic, we are the most at risk, so we need extra attention from the government,” he said, adding that the drivers’ income had plunged by 70 percent during the pandemic.Read also: 70 million informal workers most vulnerable during pandemicLeading expert at the Office of the Presidential Staff Donny Gahral Adian also denied special treatment for ojol drivers.“Those prioritized are the ones who are truly suffering and having difficulties due to COVID-19, those who do not have any liquid assets, who truly have lost their income to support their daily needs,” he said over the phone.He said that there would be a scale of priority based on the severity of the impact on people for the distribution of aid, and that accurate and reliable data collection would be ensured.Topics : Read also: Can we take motorcycle taxis? Clashing regulations leave passengers confusedState-owned oil and gas company Pertamina also announced on Tuesday that a total of 10,000 ojol drivers would be eligible for 50 percent cashback when they purchased non-subsidized fuel through the firm’s app MyPertamina.Tadjudin Noer Effendi, a labor expert from Gadjah Mada University, suspected that the government’s gestures were due to the political power that the drivers wield through sheer numbers, their ability to coordinate protests and the solidarity among them.“Whenever the drivers stage a protest, Jakarta is crippled. It is possible that the government sees that whenever they organize rallies all over Indonesia with their sizeable numbers, they are a political force,” he said. The government’s assistance for Indonesia’s estimated 4 million ojol (app-based motorcycle taxi) drivers, who are among the informal workers most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, have sparked concerns over whether there is a certain degree of favoritism by the government toward the drivers over other workers in the country.This idea was reinforced by the image of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s car, with its trunk open, and his security officers handing out an estimated 400 staple food packages to ojol drivers in the Harmoni area of Central Jakarta last week.The gesture followed the issuance of Transportation Ministerial Regulation No. 18/2020, which was also passed on the same day, giving ojol drivers legal leeway to transport passengers, despite a previous Health Ministry regulation that prohibited them from carrying customers as part of the efforts to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. They initially were only permitted to transport goods.last_img read more

More than 500 civilians die in Afghan violence in first quarter: UN

first_img“The report tracks a disturbing increase in violence during March at a time when it was hoped that the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban would commence peace negotiations, as well as seek ways to defuse the conflict and prioritize efforts to protect all Afghans from the impact of COVID-19,” UNAMA said.Despite that, the number of casualties in the first three months of this year was the lowest since 2012. The period included a reduction in violence leading up to the signing of the pact.Deborah Lyons, the UN secretary-general’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA, reiterated calls for a ceasefire, which the Taliban have rejected in recent days.”To safeguard the lives of countless civilians in Afghanistan and to give the nation hope of a better future, it is imperative that violence is stopped,” she said. Efforts towards formal peace talks have been fraying as the Taliban attack government forces, despite warnings from the United States that they need to reduce violence, as well as disagreements over the release of prisoners.A political feud within the Afghan government, between the president and his main rival after a disputed election, has also distracted attention from the peace effort.The number of civilian deaths caused by anti-government forces, especially the Taliban, increased by more than 20% compared with the first quarter of 2019, UNAMA said.Targeted killings, summary executions and abductions of civilians were also on the rise, it said.A Taliban spokesman rejected the figures and said they had a commission for preventing civilian casualties which had brought them down to “near zero”.Afghan government forces and other pro-government forces, including foreign troops, were responsible for almost a third of the deaths, UNAMA said.Air strikes and clashes involving indirect fire by those forces were the reason for more child deaths, it said. More than 500 civilians were killed in Afghanistan in the first three months of the year as violence raged even after an agreement between the United States and the Taliban on withdrawing foreign forces, the United Nations said on Monday.In all, fighting in the first three months caused 1,293 civilian casualties, of which 760 were injuries and the rest deaths, including 152 children and 60 women, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a quarterly report.The violence increased after a Feb. 29 U.S.-Taliban pact on the withdrawal of U.S.-led foreign forces in exchange for Taliban security guarantees. It includes a commitment by the Taliban and the Afghan government to work towards peace.center_img Topics :last_img read more

South Korea deploys mobile data, police to tackle nightlife cluster

first_imgSeoul, as well as its neighboring Gyeonggi province and the nearby city of Incheon, and the southern city of Daegu, have ordered the closure of all clubs and bars.South Korea’s reaction to the initial coronavirus outbreak was widely praised, and its handling of this latest spike will be closely watched as parts of Europe begin a cautious re-opening. Health experts are warning that moving too quickly will result in a surge in infection numbers. Officials in the east Asian nation of 52 million reported 27 new cases Monday, taking its total to 10,936, after recording only single-digit increases for eight of the preceding 13 days — many of them overseas arrivals.  South Korean authorities said Tuesday they were using mobile phone data to trace Seoul nightclub visitors as they try to tackle a coronavirus cluster, promising anonymity to those being tested due to the stigma surrounding homosexuality.The country has been held up as a global model in how to curb the virus, but a spike of new cases, driven by the cluster in venues in Seoul’s Itaewon district — including several gay clubs — forced authorities to delay this week’s planned re-opening of schools.Many nightclub customers are believed to be reluctant to come forward because of the stigma surrounding homosexuality in the socially conservative country. As of Tuesday morning, 101 cases had been linked to the Itaewon cluster, Seoul mayor Park Won-soon told reporters.The city secured a list of 10,905 people who visited the district through data provided by mobile operators and has sent text messages asking them to get tested, he added.The Korea Disaster Management Headquarters said nearly 2,000 people who are believed to have visited the clubs are currently unreachable, and thousands of police will be deployed to track them down.”The National Police Agency has established an operation system with 8,559 officers… to track down who cannot be identified through credit card information or data provided by mobile operators,” said Yoon Tae-ho, the director of KDMH.More than 7,000 people who have visited the area over the past two weeks have been tested, said Mayor Park — who on Monday announced a 2 million won ($1,630) fine for those who avoid testing.Test rates doubled after the city said it will ensure people’s privacy by introducing anonymous testing, he added, but authorities still need more visitors to come forward.Homosexuality is not illegal in South Korea, but rights groups say discrimination remains rampant.”The fight against infectious diseases is a speed battle,” Park told reporters, adding the city will collaborate with human rights organizations to prevent possible privacy infringements.”We encourage you to get tested as soon as possible without worrying about your safety,” he added.center_img Topics :last_img read more

As Trump urges reopening, White House battles own virus outbreak

first_imgTopics : ‘Scary to go to work’Kevin Hassett, a senior economic advisor to the president, told CBS over the weekend that it is “scary to go to work.””I would be safer sitting at home in my house than going into a West Wing that with even all the testing in the world and the best medical team on Earth, is a relatively crammed place,” Hassett told another network, CNN.The coronavirus made its first known appearance among the president’s entourage a few days ago when Pence’s press secretary, Katie Miller, tested positive.Miller is married to Stephen Miller, a senior policy advisor to the president.A member of the US military who serves as a personal valet to Trump also tested positive.Trump and Pence, his designated successor, have been tested daily and the tests have been negative so far, according to the White House.In a memo issued on Monday, the White House instructed all staff to wear a mask when inside the West Wing, except when at their desks.Journalists who attend White House briefings already wear masks inside the building and have their temperature checked before entering.Unlike a number of other world leaders, the 73-year-old Trump has not been wearing a mask in public, most recently during a visit to a factory in Arizona last week that makes personal protective gear.Neither has Pence, who did not take part in a meeting at the White House with Trump and military leaders on Saturday but was at the White House on Monday.Following press reports over the weekend that Pence was in quarantine, his spokesman Devin O’Malley said that was not true.”Vice President Pence will continue to follow the advice of the White House Medical Unit and is not in quarantine,” O’Malley said. “Vice President Pence has tested negative every single day.”The United States is the country the hardest-hit by the virus with more than 1.3 million infections and nearly 80,000 deaths.And while the situation has improved in New York, epicenter of the US outbreak, progress has been slow elsewhere and the spread of the virus to the White House itself is a worrying development.The previous occupant of the Oval Office rendered his judgment of the administration’s overall coronavirus response during a conference call with supporters, which leaked last week.Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic has been an “absolute chaotic disaster,” Obama said. As US President Donald Trump moves to reopen the coronavirus-battered country, the White House is battling infections within its own ranks.And stemming an outbreak of the highly-contagious virus is not an easy task in the famed West Wing.Though it may appear spacious in movies and TV shows, the West Wing, where the president works out of the Oval Office, is actually rather cramped, making social distancing difficult. Trump, who is desperately seeking to reboot the country and economy ahead of the November presidential election, also fired off a series of tweets at one of his favorite targets — the media — and his predecessor Barack Obama.The West Wing houses not just the president’s office but also those of some of his closest advisers, the press briefing room and the desks of White House correspondents, who work elbow to elbow. In the past few days, a personal valet to Trump and the press secretary to Vice President Mike Pence, head of the White House’s coronavirus task force, have tested positive for the virus.Three members of the task force have gone into quarantine — infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci, Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Stephen Hahn, head of the Food and Drug Administration.Trump on Monday, several hours ahead of a press conference in the White House Rose Garden, made no reference to the outbreak at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and claimed things were on the upswing. “Coronavirus numbers are looking MUCH better, going down almost everywhere,” Trump tweeted. “Big progress being made!”last_img read more

Eid shopping rush across Asia despite virus risk

first_img‘No atmosphere’ In Indonesia, many shoppers defied lockdown orders in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country, even as police attempted to disperse large groups.”I was afraid but I pushed myself to go because I really want to have new dresses,” said Siti Nesya at a market in Cianjur district in West Java province. Shoppers remained cautious in Malaysia, however, where businesses have been allowed to reopen. “This year there is no atmosphere at all. People are afraid to come out,” said Zawiyah Othman, who sells headscarves in the capital Kuala Lumpur. “People are saving money. It is so different.” Major Muslim countries such as Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Syria have already banned the mass gatherings for Eid prayers, but Pakistan’s government has yet to make a decision. Pakistan has given into religious pressure by allowing daily prayers and evening congregations at mosques throughout the fasting of Ramadan.Prime minister Khan urged people to be more circumspect, telling the nation to celebrate this year’s Eid “differently”. Prime Minister Imran Khan was reluctant to impose a strict lockdown, fearful of the economic damage restrictions would wreak on the impoverished country.A patchy shutdown has been gradually eased ahead of Eid even as cases steadily rise, with domestic travel restarting and some businesses allowed to reopen.  “Because of the lockdown things [to buy] have piled up,” Sana Ahmed told AFP at a market in the eastern city of Lahore.”Stores will be closed again during Eid so I must get this shopping done. We can’t remain locked up at home forever, life has to go on.” While most upmarket stores and malls in the city have enforced hygiene and social distancing rules, such measures are virtually impossible to implement in the bazaars used by most Pakistanis.Markets were full in Peshawar and Quetta — cities close to the border with Afghanistan — though vendors in the southern metropolis of Karachi complained of a lack of customers.In the Afghan capital Kabul, shoppers — only some wearing protective face masks and gloves — thronged busy markets stocking up on spices and buying new colorful headscarves for the celebrations.”This virus is very dangerous but people do not take quarantine very seriously. Ahead of Eid, people go out a lot,” said a shopper. Muslims across Asia have packed out markets as they prepare for the annual Eid al-Fitr holiday, ignoring coronavirus guidelines even as infections rise. The celebration, the most important in the Muslim calendar marking the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, is preceded by a rush to buy new clothes, gifts and sweet treats for loved ones.It is expected to begin over the weekend in most countries, and Sunday or Monday in Pakistan, depending on when the new moon is sighted. Despite the deadly risk posed by the virus, shoppers in Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia and Afghanistan pressed on.”For over two months my children were homebound,” said Ishrat Jahan, a mother of four, at a bustling market in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi.”This feast is for the kids, and if they can’t celebrate it with new garments there is no point in us working so hard throughout the year.”Federal and provincial authorities in Pakistan have sent out mixed messages since the first infections were recorded in February. Topics :last_img read more

Densus 88 antiterror squad arrests 16-year-old in Batam

first_imgThe National Police’s Densus 88 counterterrorism squad arrested a 16-year-old boy in his house in Merapi Subur housing complex in Batam, Riau Islands on Wednesday evening. Recent arrests also occurred in Tasikmalaya, West Java and Kendal in Central Java.The neighborhood unit (RT) head of the housing complex, Adip Kurniawan, told The Jakarta Post that personnel of the squad and from the Riau Islands Police arrested the boy and he was taken to the Riau Islands Police headquarters.Adip said the terrorism suspect was the eldest of two siblings and the family had just rented the house in March. “They’re new here and they’re friendly, but the one arrested is a child,” Adip said. Riau Islands Police chief Insp. Gen. Aris Budiman confirmed the arrest during his inspection of Idul Fitri holiday security. “So far, the security in Riau Islands and Batam is under control,” he said.Aris, however, did not divulge more information about the teenager’s arrest.In 2016, Densus 88 unraveled a terrorist network calling itself Katibah Gonggong Rebus (KGR), led by 31-year-old Gigih Rahmat Dewa in Batam. The police said they once planned to shoot a rocket to Marina Bay in Singapore from Batam.  “Gonggong rebus” is actually the name of a Batam dish of boiled snails. Topics :last_img read more

Scientist warns of second COVID-19 wave in East Java after Idul Fitri

first_imgFollowing the province’s highest daily increase in COVID-19 cases to date, an epidemiologist on Thursday warned of another probable spike after Idul Fitri.Epidemiologist Windhu Purnomo of Airlangga University (UNAIR) warned that the province should expect another surge in new cases after Idul Fitri as a result of lax public compliance with social distancing policies.”We have seen people flooding the malls and supermarkets, where many can contract the virus,” Windhu told The Jakarta Post on Friday. Local authorities admitted that the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) that had been imposed in Greater Surabaya since April 28 had failed to flatten the curve of transmission in the provincial capital and surrounding areas.Joni Wahyuhadi, the curative management head of the East Java COVID-19 task force, said that Thursday’s jump in confirmed cases was in part due to test results submitted from a backlog of around 1,500 swab samples at the lab of the UNAIR Institute of Tropical Diseases (ITD).”The results of the PCR [polymerase chain reaction] tests on swab samples submitted to the ITD lab on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday were reported to Jakarta all at once. The cumulative test results of the three days […] cover 488 samples,” Joni told reporters at Thursday’s daily COVID-19 briefing.The eight other COVID-19 testing labs reported only 14 confirmed cases on Wednesday, he said, and that the combined sum of 502 new cases was the figure that national COVID-19 spokesman Achmad Yurianto announced on Thursday.Joni said that the provincial task force had verified the identity and place of origin for 451 of the 502 new cases, while it was still verifying the remaining 51 cases. The task force had therefore temporarily added only 451 new cases to bring the regional figure to 2,942 confirmed cases.He said that the spike in new cases was also attributable to a sharp increase to 1,500 PCR tests per day at the nine designated labs in the province.Read also: East Java girl, 11, becomes youngest COVID-19 fatality in IndonesiaJoni acknowledged, however, that the sharp increase in new cases reflected the continuing spread of the coronavirus in East Java, especially in the provincial epicenter of Surabaya.Surabaya recorded 311 of the 502 new cases that were announced on Thursday, bringing the provincial capital’s cumulative tally to 1,566 – a little over half of all confirmed cases in the province.The satellite regencies of Sidoarjo and Gresik, which make up Greater Surabaya along with the East Java capital, have the second and third highest number of cases and respectively recorded 57 and 27 new cases on Thursday.The three regions together have nearly 70 percent of all confirmed COVID-19 cases in East Java.Topics : “The roads are busier now. We will also see [people] attending the Idul Fitri congregational prayer and then practicing the tradition of silaturahmi during Lebaran,” he said, referring to the customary “meet and greet” among Muslims during the holiday.”This is the perfect condition to spread the virus even farther.”Read also: Scientist warns of second COVID-19 wave in East Java after Idul FitriAccording to the official tally, East Java recorded 502 new cases on Thursday, bringing its cumulative total to 2,998 confirmed cases, the second highest after Jakarta. The province, which has emerged as a new epicenter of the outbreak in the country, has also recorded 241 deaths from COVID-19.last_img read more

Coronavirus outbreak at S. Korea e-commerce warehouse drives spike in new cases

first_imgSouth Korea reported the highest daily number of new coronavirus cases in 49 days on Wednesday, as one of the country’s largest e-commerce companies battled an outbreak linked to a now-shuttered logistics facility.The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) reported 40 new cases as of midnight Tuesday, bringing the country’s total number to 11,265. A day earlier the country recorded 19 new cases.So far, at least 36 cases have been linked to an outbreak at the logistics center operated by SoftBank-backed e-commerce firm Coupang Corp in Bucheon, west of Seoul, the KCDC said. It was not immediately clear how many of the cases were reported in the last 24 hours. About 3,600 people at the facility are being tested. The company said it closed the center on Monday and began the strongest disinfection measures recommended by authorities.Coupang benefited from the contactless trend driven by COVID-19 in South Korea, with orders surging for groceries and other products. The logistics center opened in early March and is in charge of deliveries to western Seoul, a spokeswoman said.The first case related to the center was diagnosed on Saturday, and is suspected to be connected with a Seoul nightclub outbreak earlier this month.Health officials warned that cases linked to the center could rise. “We are very nervous about community infections and we are keeping a close eye on the situation,” vice health minister Kim Kang-lip said at a briefing.Kim said authorities suspect the logistics center did not comply with “basic” quarantine principles, adding that an investigation is under way.A spokeswoman for Coupang however said the center went through daily disinfection and all employees wore masks and gloves and had temperatures checked.Despite the spike in new cases, more than 2 million children returned to class on Wednesday, the latest in a phased opening of schools.”What we are worried about now is that when kids go to school, they’re naturally physically close to their friends and they have to eat together so they may be infected with coronavirus,” said Chan Woong-jeon, the father of a 2nd grader who returned to Seryun Elementary School in Seoul on Wednesday.Park Hyeon-ji, a teacher at the school, said teachers had been trained on how to react to any outbreak.”We’ll be able to take immediate action,” she said.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Anies appoints former Merpati Airlines CEO to helm Transjakarta

first_img“He has the [necessary] competence and experience in the transportation business. He has served as CEO of Merpati Airlines and also as a director at Angkasa Pura I,” Riyadi said as quoted by referring to the state-owned airport operator.Read also: From MRT to Transjakarta, here’s how services have adjusted to citywide transport restrictionsBefore serving as Merpati president director for two years from May 2010 to May 2012, Sardjono was a senior pilot for United Arab Emirates flag carrier Etihad Airways.Starting Wednesday, he filled the highest position at Transjakarta, which had been vacant since January.On Jan. 23, Anies had appointed Donny Andy S. Saragih to lead Transjakarta, replacing previous boss Agung Wicaksono.However, Donny was sacked only five days after his appointment following revelations of his criminal record. The former employee of private transportation company PT Lorena Transport was found to have cooperated with another employee, Porman “Andi” Tambunan, in 2018 to blackmail then-Lorena president director Gusti Terkelin Soerbakti, demanding a total of US$250,000. Soerbakti filed a lawsuit against the two at the Central Jakarta District Court, which found them guilty of fraud. (vny)Topics : Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has named the former head of state-owned Merpati Nusantara Airlines, Sardjono Jhony Tjitrokusomo, as the new president of city-owned bus operator Transjakarta to replace the previous chairman, who was implicated in fraud. The secretary of the Jakarta development body for city-owned companies, Riyadi, said the decision had been made during Transjakarta’s shareholders meeting on Wednesday. Sardjono had been elected to helm the company because of his experience in the transportation sector.Riyadi said the city administration had high expectations of Sardjono to improve Transjakarta services and accelerate the integration of public transportation in the capital city through Jakarta’s flagship program Jak Lingko.last_img read more

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