Conflict of Interests Behind the PSBB Easing

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Summary

  • Jakarta has relaxed its large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) policy for the sake of rescuing the economy, despite still mixed health indicators. COVID-19 infection rates are still hovering around the safe threshold, while transmission clusters tracking is still underperformed.
  • Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan was reportedly reluctant to loosen the PSBB at least until July-August, or until Jakarta succeeded in flattening the COVID-19 curve. However, pressure came from various directions, especially the central government.
  • PSBB easing in Jakarta applies widely amid mixed health indicators. It reflects conflicting interests to be accommodated, not only economic-related interests but also in social politics.
  • PSBB easing might not immediately boost the capital’s economy, as exports and public consumption, which are the backbone of the economy, may still stall. On the other hand, there is a risk of increased infection rates due to weak supervision and case tracking.

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