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VP Ma'ruf Amin Suggests Cutting Off Social Aid If Recipients Are Online Gambling Players

21 June 2024 10:16 WIB

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Vice President Ma'ruf Amin proposed that social assistance should be withdrawn from recipients involved in online gambling. The former chairman of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) said this is necessary to ensure that the aid is used wisely.

“If people use social assistance to gamble, the aid should be withdrawn. This is my suggestion. We can't let people use social assistance to gamble,” Ma'ruf said after attending the opening ceremony of the Bank Syariah Indonesia (BSI) International Expo 2024 on Thursday, June 20.

He said the social assistance program is meant for the poor and the data is updated annually. “When it is found that people are using social aid for online gambling or other gambling practices, the aid can be just withdrawn,” the VP stressed.

Recently, social media has been abuzz with the controversy of social assistance for the families of online gamblers, which was suggested by the Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Muhadjir Effendy on June 13. 

On June 19, President Joko Widodo or Jokowi stressed that the government would not provide social assistance to online gambling players. “Nothing, no [social assistance for gamblers],” he said in Karanganyar.

DANIEL A. FAJRI

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