TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Jakarta Parks and Forestry Agency Head, Suzi Marsitawati, said her side prepared a cremation facility for COVID-19 victims after receiving a report on an alleged cremation cartel in the capital city. The facility will be located in the Christian block of the Tegal Alur Public Cemetery (TPU), West Jakarta.
“The cremation facility is still being prepared in the Christian block of Tegal Alur Public Cemetery, which can cremate five to six bodies per day,” said Suzi to Tempo on Monday, July 19.
The city administration also planned to prepare two more cremation facilities at other cemeteries. According to her, the locations are still being discussed.
Previously, the Jakarta Legislative Council (DPRD) Deputy Speaker from the PDI-P Faction, Ima Mahdiah, received a report on an alleged cartel for the cremation of COVID-19 bodies at a steep cost of Rp45-65 million per body.
The report was submitted by a West Jakarta resident named Martin. in his report, Martin said he received several offers of cremation services in Karawang to Cirebon at above-normal prices up to tens of millions of rupiah from a person who claimed to be from the Jakarta Parks and Forests Agency.
Suzi confirmed there were public complaints about the pricey cremation packages on Monday, July 12. However, she ensured that no officials from her office took the bodies out of the capital because of the high demand for funeral services.
LANI DIANA WIJAYA