Gerindra suggests pay cut of party members in parliament to help disaster victims

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Gerindra Party General Secretary Ahmad Muzani. (Photo: Rayi Gigih/IO)

IO – The natural disasters occurring in different areas throughout the country at the start of the year have inspired Gerindra (Gerakan Indonesia Raya – “Great Indonesia”) Party and galvanized it to do what it can to help victims. Gerindra Party General Secretary Ahmad Muzani has thus instructed Party cadres who are members of the Legislative bodies, whether in the House of Representatives (Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat – “DPR”) or in the Regional House of Representatives (Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat Daerah – “DPRD”) to offer meaningful help by cutting their pay and directing moneys to disaster areas. 

“We have instructed all Gerindra cadres and Party management who live near the disaster sites to help victims. To be exact, we have instructed the Branch Leading Councils (Dewan Pimpinan Cabang – “DPC”) in West Java, the Regional Branch Council (Dewan Pimpinan Daerah – “DPD”) of West Java to help landslide victims in Sumedang, West Java; to the Gerindra DPDs of South Kalimantan, of Central Kalimantan, of East Kalimantan to help flood victims in South Kalimantan,” Muzani stated on Tuesday (19/01/2021). 

Muzani has also asked Gerindra cadres in North Sulawesi DPCs and DPD to help flood victims in Manado City, and to ask cadres in Central Sulawesi, South Sulawesi to help victims of the earthquake in West Sulawesi. “Any kind of help that Gerindra Party provides, no matter how big or small, is an expression of our big family to the people who have given their trust to us,” he said. 

Gerindra Party also asks unaffected citizens to help its cadres and work together to alleviate the suffering of victims of the various disasters that befell Indonesia recently. “These days, our nation is suffering from disasters that have claimed lives. We ask our brothers and sisters, fellow Indonesians, to look into their hearts and help others who suffer from the disasters that occurred during the continued scourge of the Corona pandemic,” Muzani said. “Recently, we were all shocked by these disasters that followed the fatal accident of the Sriwijaya Air airplane crash: landslide in Sumedang, flood in South Kalimantan, earthquake in West Sulawesi, high tides and flash floods in Manado, the eruption of Mount Semeru. We need to be swift and consolidate our resources, to cooperate in helping our brothers and sisters – to show our empathy, sympathy, and sense of solidarity to the victims. We ask that citizens work together to help their relatives and relations, their kith and kin who became disaster victims. Let us pray to Almighty God for the souls of victims and their families left behind are granted patience and strength.” 

National Board for Disaster Management (Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana – “BNPB”) data shows that 154 natural disasters have struck Indonesia since the advent of a New Year. The majority of these disasters are floods, typhoons, and landslides. The fact is that Indonesia is geographically and geologically vulnerable to natural disasters. In order to reduce their impact, it is necessary for all citizens, especially those living in risky areas, to raise their level of alertness. In accordance with the Minister of Home Affairs’ Circular, Regional Governments are also expected to increase their awareness and be constantly ready to activate and mobilize all forces for disaster mitigation. (dan)