Joko Reaffirms Plans to Reform Civil Service

The presumptive president-elect promises to tackle administrative inefficiencies and corruption, but doesn’t say how

Joko Widodo during a visit to the offices of BeritaSatu Media Holdings on July 11, 2014. (JG Photo/Yudhi Sukma Wijaya)

Jakarta. Joko Widodo said he would set up a new bureaucracy in Indonesia in an effort to tackle inefficiency, during an interview with BeritaSatu media on Friday.

“Yes. We will create a new system of management,” he said, without giving further details on what kind of new system he would create.

He added that he would discuss details “until after July 22” when the official tally from the General Election Commission (KPU) will be announced.

Litbang Kompas, which declared victory for the Joko-Kalla camp by 52.34 percent to 47.66 percent, said almost two-thirds of civil servants voted for the rival Prabowo-Hatta camp, according to a report on Thursday by Liputan6.com.

“That’s [their] political choice. That’s fine,” Joko said.

The Jakarta governor, who promised to reform Indonesia’s torpid bureaucracy, has fired a string of senior officials that he believed were blocking his efforts to reform the city’s administration.

Joko declined to comment on crucial matters such as the House of Representatives’ recent approval of a revision of the MD3 law, which regulates the People’s Consultative Assembly, the House of Representatives and the Regional Representatives Council.

Under the revised law, one of the clauses states that the House of Representatives chairman will have to be elected by the House.

Under the previous law, the chairman came from the winning party of the legislative election.

Walk-out

The revised MD3 law was passed by the House on Tuesday last week, with members from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), People’s Conscience Party (Hanura) and the National Awakening Party (PKB) staging a walk-out during the meeting.

The PDI-P, Joko’s party, won the April 9 legislative election with total votes reaching nearly 19 percent. The PDI-P led coalition only commands 40 percent of the House.

The rival camp of former Army general Prabowo Subianto and his vice presidential candidate Hatta Rajasa heads a majority coalition, which includes the Golkar Party, National Mandate Party (PAN), Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), United Development Party (PPP) and the Democratic Party of outgoing President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Joko evaded questions on how his coalition would govern effectively and called on the whole nation to guard the votes until the KPU officially announced the result.

“We have to keep guarding the votes so that there will not be any unexpected changes that could ignite chaos,” Joko said.

Both camps have disagreed with quick-count results that have handed their rivals victory.

Candidates are allowed to dispute the result of the election in the Constitutional Court between July 23 and 24.

The court is expected to announce a final decision by Aug. 22, before the new president and vice president are scheduled to be sworn in on Oct. 22, replacing President Yudhoyono.

The world’s third-largest democracy continues to gather the votes of some 190 million eligible Indonesian voters for its third direct election held last Wednesday.

Seven out of eleven local pollsters, which released their quick-count and exit-poll results even before voting booths were closed, have crowned Joko and his running mate Jusuf Kalla as the winner of last week’s election.

The Joko-Kalla pair along with the PDI-P, and its coalition partners — Hanura, PKB and the National Democratic Party (NasDem) — accepted the quick-count results of most pollsters by publicly declaring victory just three hours after polling stations across the country closed at 1:00 p.m. Jakarta time.

Prabowo has refused to concede defeat, and in an interview with the BBC on Friday he claimed that he knew of 16 poll results that show he was the true victor.

  • LunatIK

    Decentraliztion has created more and more layers of corruption resulting in not less but way more with the net spread ever wider and ever more greedy