COVID-19: A virus cursing competition to help people vent frustration
The winner of the tournament in Indonesia will win the title of “cursing emperor” and get a pack of coffee, three books, a cursing winner certificate, a T-shirt, daily necessities, and a lighter.
As we are living in difficult times, thanks to coronavirus, people are using a variety of ways to try and cope with the ongoing pandemic. Interestingly, Indonesia has come up with a coping mechanism that certainly stands out -- a swearing competition.
Yogyakarta-based Jawasastra Culture Movement is holding a worldwide Javenese-language swearing contest and calling for people all around the world to curse, or misuh in Javanese, at the COVID-19 pandemic as a way to vent frustration, the BBC reported.
“In our hearts, we feel all the emotions. We endure homesickness, we hold back the anger of the situation, and if we have no shame, we might even want to vomit a thousand more curses at God,” the organisation said in a statement posted on its website.
The winner of the tournament will win the title of “cursing emperor” and get a pack of coffee, three books, a cursing winner certificate, a T-shirt, daily necessities, and a lighter. One video submission showed a man cursing in Javanese, saying: “Hey coronavirus, you’re a dog! You’ve killed my friends’ livelihood, they can’t work anymore!"
Indonesia, the world's fourth most populous country reported 1,282 new coronavirus cases on Monday, bringing the total count to 76,981, Health Ministry official Achmad Yurianto told a televised news briefing. Deaths from the COVID-19 rose by 50 on Monday, he said, bringing the total in the Southeast Asian nation to 3,656, the highest in East Asia outside China.
The head of Indonesia’s national COVID-19 research team had said earlier this month that the country is working to produce its own COVID-19 vaccine next year, amid growing anxiety that developing countries could have difficulty getting access to a future jab.
“The production capability and capacity of biotech companies in the world is, we know, limited, and global supply chains also have challenges,” Ali Ghufron Mukti, head of the innovation team at Indonesia’s research and technology ministry, told a streamed press conference alongside the country’s Foreign Minister.
“Therefore, it is necessary for Indonesia to develop its own COVID-19 vaccine. And it will be by Indonesia, from Indonesia, to Indonesia,” he said.
"We are using our theory and we are optimistic that in the year 2021 and early 2021, this will be finished in the laboratory," he said, adding state-owned firm Bio Farma could conduct trials in the second half of next year.