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Jakarta Post

Seminar: Parties stall bureaucratic reform

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, May 23 2008   /  10:53 am

Bureaucratic reform in Indonesia has moved at snail's pace due to intervention by political parties and widespread corruption, a seminar heard Thursday. Political considerations played a dominant role in the recruitment of personnel for professional bureaucratic positions, said Miftah Toha, a professor of political science at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta. "It's even more surprising that a director general who is a career bureaucrat can be appointed through the approval of the Final Assessment Team whose members comprise political positions ranging from the President to ministers," Miftah said. The appointment mechanism leans more toward political considerations than candidates' competence or expertise, he said. "It's difficult to guarantee and ensure the neutrality of the bureaucracy ... It's hard to imagine how many first echelon gove...