This has caught the attention of the Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs (Mensos) Tri Rismaharini. The former Mayor of Surabaya issued a circular letter to the local government to take action against this.
The Minister of Social Affairs previously promised to write to the Regional Government regarding the controversial content.
"I'll write a letter later. No, no (not to the police). I will appeal to the regions, that (begging online) is indeed not allowed," he said in Jakarta, Wednesday, January 18, 2023.
This circular is stated in Circular Letter Number 2 of 2023 concerning Controlling Exploitation and/or Begging Activities that Take Advantage of the Elderly, Children, Persons with Disabilities, and/or other Vulnerable Groups.
In the circular issued on 16 January 2023, governors and regents/mayors are urged to prevent offline and online begging activities on social media that exploit the elderly, children, persons with disabilities, and vulnerable groups. other.
The Minister of Social Affairs Circular also stipulates the actions to be taken if you find exploitation activities.
Local governments and communities are asked to report to the Indonesian National Police and Civil Service Police Unit if they find begging and/or exploitation of the elderly, children, persons with disabilities, and/or other vulnerable groups.