Foreign Countries and Rich Entrepreneurs Help Palu


PALU, – The 7.4 SR earthquake followed by a tsunami that struck Palu, Donggala and Central Sulawesi on Friday, September 28, moved foreign countries and entrepreneurs to provide assistance.

President Joko Widodo on October 1 decided to accept the foreign aid. Deputy Foreign Minister AM Fachir noted that the total commitment of financial assistance from 25 friendly countries amounted to around Rp.220 billion. “Some have realized, some are still in the form of promises,” said Fachri in a press conference entitled Disaster Response in Central Sulawesi at the office of the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), Jakarta some time ago.

He said that the aid was distributed for emergency response, reconstruction, and rehabilitation. The distribution of emergency response funds from abroad will be coordinated by BNPB. The fund is to deal with matters related to disasters and refugees. While assistance from foreign non-governmental organizations will be distributed through the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) accompanied by relevant ministries or institutions. Foreign NGOs are not permitted to provide funds and go directly to disaster areas.

Furthermore, funds for rehabilitation and reconstruction will be coordinated by the Coordinating Ministry for Politics, Law and Security. Besides foreign governments, entrepreneurs also help. Domestically, Dato Sri Tahir, owner of the Mayapada Group, mobilized his private jet to deliver water, blankets and fast food. He also promised to build housing and markets in Palu and Donggala.

Li Ka-shing, the richest person in Hong Kong, donated US $ 5 million which was channeled through CK Hutchison Holdings (US $ 2 million) and the Li Ka Shing Foundation (US $ 3 million). Those donations was distributed through the Indonesia One Sustainable Development Goal (SDG).

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg helped US $ 1 million through PMI. Same with Mark, Apple Inc. CEO, Tim Cook, and Google CEO, Sundhar Pichai, each donated US $ 1 million for recovery. Unlike Mark, they did not mention the mechanism for providing assistance. Queen of England Elizabeth II also donated through the Emergency Disaster Committee (DEC). Unspecified amounts, but in a day raising funds through DEC rose 6 million pounds or Rp119.4 billion. (TPP)