Media Indonesia, a news agency owned by media mogul and the Chairman of Nasdem Party Surya Paloh, reported about that, back in February 2020, the Jakarta city administration under the Governor Anies Baswedan paid a commitment fee of Rp200 billion for the Formula E 2021/2022 race season to be held in the capital city. Jakarta paid the amount knowing that the city is the epicenter of the Coronavirus outbreak in Indonesia. It could’ve used the money for mitigating the outbreak, but it chose otherwise.

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