Jakarta: “Corona is like your wife. Initially you tried to control it, then you realise that you can’t. Then you learn to live with it,” Indonesia security minister Mohammad Mahfud MD said and he is under fire after he compared coronavirus to rebellious wives, in remarks aimed at soothing public fears about easing COVID-19 restrictions across the Southeast Asian archipelago.
The Minister’s sexist and misogynist comments created chaos in Internet and women’s groups and social media users slammed the apparent joke by security minister Mohammad Mahfud MD.
Mohammad cracked this inappropriate joke and made the comments during an online address to a local university earlier this week. He said that the other day I got a meme from my colleague that says: Corona is like your wife. Initially you tried to control it, then you realise that you can’t. Then you learn to live with it.
“Are we going to be holed up forever? We can adjust to the situation while still paying attention to our health,” the minister said on Tuesday.
Critics condemned the remarks that he made and said it underscored Jakarta’s weak response to the virus outbreak.