About the Speakers
Sulfikar Amir, Associate Professor of Science, Technology, and Society (STS) in the Sociology Programme, School of Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Irma Hidayana, Co-initiator and Co-leader of the Citizen Coalition for Covid-19 (LaporCOVID-19)
About the Webinar
After about three months implementation of the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), Indonesia has declared that it would enter a “New Normal” phase. The decision was taken albeit the number of infectious cases due to Covid-19 was still increasing. The government argued that the economy must be re-opened and normal life must start soon by following strict health protocols. Just like the pandemic, staggering economic costs of the pandemic have dangerously affected people's lives.
This webinar will provide a perspective from the communities on government policies in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. Two key aspects will be discussed. Firstly, the role of civil society in dealing with the pandemic. How was the civil society participation carried out? Who participated? Why is this participation, specifically in the provision of information and data, needed? Secondly, risk related to the ‘new normal’ policy. This part is based on findings from a survey that measured risk perception of Covid-19 among Jakarta residents. It seeks to answer the question whether Jakarta residents were ready to enter the “new normal” as campaigned by the government?