JAKARTA, March 26 -- Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s (Jokowi) mother was buried in a quiet ceremony at the Mundu Family Cemetery in Surakarta, Central Java, at 1.30 pm Western Indonesian time today.
With the COVID-19 outbreak currently plaguing the country and the world, Jokowi urged people to pray and pay their last respects to his late mother Sudjiatmi Notomihardjo from home.
Indonesian leaders, corporate figures and the public from all walks of life took to social media platforms to express their condolences to the president.
Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Mahfud MD in a statement said Jokowi had requested his cabinet ministers as well as members of the public not to attend the funeral.
The president’s official Twitter handle @jokowi was also flooded with condolences from netizens since news of his mother’s death broke out yesterday.
The funeral prayer was held at the Baitul Rahman Mosque near Sudjiatmi’s house before the body was taken to the burial ground about 8 km away.
Only Jokowi, his immediate family members as well as protocol and security staff were present during the ceremony, with all of them sprayed with disinfectants and donning face masks, as well as observing strict measures such as social distancing.
Sudjiatmi, 77, died at the Slamet Riyad Hospital in Surakarta at 4.45 pm yesterday after battling throat cancer for the past four years.
The Indonesian government has implemented several measures to restrict and control movements, including banning large-scale gatherings; closing schools, places of worship, and entertainment centres; emphasising social distancing; as well as implementing the ‘work from home’ concept in non-critical sectors to curb the spread of COVID-19, which has so far claimed 58 lives in the country.
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