Jokowi to send critics to monitor condition in Asmat Illustration. Residents are waiting for queue when they seek treatment at a community health center in Bayiwpinam village, Akat District, Asmat District, Papua. (ANTARA/M Agung Rajasa) ()
Situbondo, E Java (ANTARA News) – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has expressed his wish to send students to monitor the condition in Asmat, in the eastern province of Papua, after they criticized him over the situation.
“Perhaps, later, I will send the chairmen and members of Student Executive Board (BEM) from the top state University of Indonesia (UI) to Asmat,” he said, after attending an event in Salafiyah Safi`iyah Islamic boarding school in Sukorejo, Situbondo, East Java, on Saturday.
The chief of BEM of UI, Zaadit Taqwa, raised a yellow book to warn Jokowi over the recent spread of measles and malnutrition, which have claimed lives in Asmat, after the president gave a speech at an event to mark the university`s anniversary on Friday.
“Let them check the situation there for themselves and the big problems that we are facing in regions, especially Papua,” Jokowi noted.
He added that he had no problem with the student`s action. “Such a dynamic is common. He is a young activist. It is something common. I think it is good that there is someone to remind us,” he remarked.
BEM UI has demanded three things from the president. The first is related to the malnutrition problem in Papua, the second is connected to the idea of naming active police officers as acting governors, and the third is about the student organization, which is considered to limit students` movement.
Jokowi has sent a team to help measles patients, conduct vaccination programs, and prepare measures to deal with the post-outbreak condition. More than 71 children have died due to the measles outbreak in Asmat.
The president has also offered to relocate the people of Asmat to enable them to have better access to health facilities.