DESPERATION and deliberate ignorance are prevalent around us as the pandemic approaches its first anniversary.
Yes, we’re bored. But we’re also mentally exhausted and jobless (or have overworked) and simply craving for freedom from the virus.
In Indonesia, we are still combatting against such attitude.
Crimes are here and there. And the definition of “crime” is wider now. Creating crowds is also a crime now. Not wearing a mask in public is also one.
And the government gets so desperate about this. The police have always been telling people to wear masks and dispell any crowds but they are limited in number. So they are now asking for laymen’s help. Now laymen are allowed to enforce laws if they see violations of health protocols are being committed by others.
They call this PAM SWAKARSA. Something not new for older citizens living in the New Order (ORBA) when Soeharto, the smiling general and most corrupt president in the country, reigned.