MP Putu Supadma Sets aside 3-Month Salary for Donation of Basic Commodities
The weakening Indonesian economic growth amid the COVID-19 pandemic has made adverse impact to the rise of poverty and unemployment. For this reason, Member of Commission VI (Industry, Trade, Cooperatives, Small and Medium Enterprises, State-owned Enterprises, Investment, and National Standard) of the House Putu Supadma Rudana gave donation of basic commodities, face masks and hand sanitizer to tourism workers, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, daily workers, and online ojek (app-based motorbike taxis) drivers in Bali Province. He also granted the aid to people with disabilities, and the elderly who has not had any income all this time.
Putu Supadma distributed the aid door-to-door so that the aid is given to the right persons, the right addresses, the right targets, and for the right uses. “Volunteers and I walk door-to-door to meet the people in need in Gianyar Regency and Denpasar City and grant them the aid. The aid for the people with disabilities is a part of humanitarian actions amid COVID-19 outbreak spreading across the globe and forcing people to stay at home as instructed by the government,” said the Vice Chairman of the Committee for Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation of the House, Saturday (25/4/2020).
The Democrat Party politician admitted that the government could not work alone in dealing with COVID-19 pandemic. A synergic collaboration from various parties was needed to put an end to this pandemic. Supadma then initiated to dedicate three months of his salary as an MP to provide relief for those affected in Bali, most of which workers in the tourism sector. The data shows that tourism workers are one of the professions hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I set aside a hundred percent of my three-month salary to provide basic needs for needy families in Bali affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including the elderly and the disabled,” he said. This legislator from Gianyar Regency also reminded the communities to consistently comply with the government’s policy on social distancing and physical distancing, by staying at home to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Therefore, he distributed the relief door to door.
“I know this situation has put a heavy burden to families without income. We went door to door to distribute the relief to make sure it meets the right targets. In this way, we can avoid crowd” PSR (Supadma’s nickname) explained. For Bali, he reaffirmed his commitment to continue helping and monitoring those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. “I, together with the volunteers, will continuously be there, caring and giving solution. We must also look for solution for the elderly and the disabled amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” Supadma concluded.