JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Matters concerning Indonesia’s public holidays will be decided on Monday by President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo.
Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Cultural Affairs, Muhadjir Effendy shared the news update.
Muhadjir added that based on a ministerial meeting held Friday, several options have been offered regarding the country’s year-end holidays that have gotten the public talking.
“There are still some options. The Indonesian President will decide during a cabinet meeting, God willing, on Monday.”
However, the minister did not provide any details on what the options are.
The Indonesian President has asked to decrease the number of holidays for December.
Jokowi explained that the preference is to avoid an overly long holiday that could contribute to the high-levels of new Covid-19 infections in the country. He has shared those concerns during a meeting at the Merdeka Palace earlier on Monday.
“Concerning Indonesia’s public holidays, including replacement days from Eid ul-Fitr, the Indonesian President has asked for a reduction in the number of days off.”
Muhadjir further stated the Jokowi has asked that all measures must be taken to avoid large gatherings from happening even if it means reducing the number of December public holidays because the government is striving to prevent a resurgence of fresh infections.