Jakarta (ANTARA) - Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Muhadjir Effendy denied the allegation that the government no longer gives compensation in form of covering medical expenses for some victims of the Kanjuruhan Tragedy.

"There is no such thing. It will still be paid by the government," Effendy told the media at the Presidential Palace here on Monday after attending the inauguration of the Supervisory Board and the Hajj Financial Management Implementation Agency (BPKH) 2022-2027.

The minister admitted to having directly supervised the data regarding the handling and treatment of victims of the Kanjuruhan Tragedy.

Effendy admitted that several victims had already been charged personally for medical expenses, but he had ordered for them to be recompensated.

The minister reiterated that medical expenses for victims of the Kanjuruhan Tragedy could be paid either by the central or district and city governments.

"Hence, the central government can go through the Social Affairs Ministry. It can be through the provincial government and even through districts and cities (government). (It is) because yesterday, I also asked the district government for ready-made funds to be opened for this," he remarked.

A member of the National Human Rights Commission Mohammad, Choirul Anam, noted that his side was investigating the alleged termination of allocation of medical expenses for victims of the Kanjuruhan Tragedy by the East Java Provincial Government.

Anam said that it was a follow-up after his side received a notification from the Arema FC support group, Aremania.

The Kanjuruhan tragedy struck on October 1 after the Indonesian League 1 football match between Arema and Persebaya Surabaya at the Kanjuruhan Stadium, Malang District.

According to the report submitted by the Joint Independent Fact-Finding Team (TPIGF) to President Joko Widodo, the Kanjuruhan tragedy killed 132 people, afflicted serious injuries to 96, and caused light to moderate injuries to 484 others.

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Editor: Rahmad Nasution
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