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Jakarta   /   Tue, June 30 2020   /  08:08 am
These are the rules: President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo presents guidelines about integrated COVID-19 handling in the East Java COVID-19 task force headquarters at the Grahadi Building in Surabaya, East Java.(Courtesy of the Presidential Secretariat/Muchlis Jr)

It might be a little too late, but President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's recent fury at his aides for their sluggish response to the COVID-19 crisis should be appreciated. In video footage of a Cabinet meeting on June 18, but only released on Sunday, the President lashed out at his ministers for the absence of a "sense of crisis" in their actions, resulting in no significant progress in their pandemic response. At the very least, Jokowi's resentment channeled the public frustration at the ineffective policies during two months of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), following which the country is still enduring a surge in cases and deaths nationwide. Jakarta and West Java may have controlled the spread of the virus, but East Java, South Sulawesi and East Kalimantan have become new epicenters of the outbreak. Few provinces, cities or regencies wish to...