April 29, 2021, 02.13 AM

According to Hadi, “the Kimia Farma Diagnostika health workers’ modus operandi included washing the used rapid test kits and replacing them. The police arrested the Kimia Farma medical workers based on the evidence and their admission.”

Kimia Farma Diagnostika’s parent company, Kimia Farma, has come clean about their employees’ actions.

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“The medical workers’ actions have discredited [Kimia Farma] and violated our standard operating procedures [SOP],” said Kimia Farma President-Director Adil Fadhilah Bulgini in a written statement to Kompas.com on Wednesday.

“We are carrying out our own investigation with law enforcement and are giving them our full support.”

Legislators weigh in on the scandal

Kimia Farma’s commitment is still not enough for legislator Martin Manurung of the National Democratic [Nasdem] Party, who expressed his outrage at the health workers’ actions.

“The Ministry of State Owned Enterprises must supervise Kimia Farma,” said Martin, who is also the deputy chairman of Commission VI on Trade, Industry, Investment, Cooperatives, Small, Medium Businesses and state-owned companies.

“Kimia Farma’s findings have to be clear and transparent, as there is a possibility that this racket is not confined to Kualanamu Airport."

Martin also warned that the circulation of used antigen rapid test kits could create public distrust of state-owned companies like Kimia Farma.

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