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Jakarta Post

Regional autonomy way off track, expert says

  • The Jakarta Post

JAKARTA   /   Fri, March 6 2009   /  09:26 am

Ten years down the track, regional autonomy may be doing more harm than good, the founding father of the country’s current self-reliance model says. “The practice of regional autonomy has strayed far from its initial path,” Ryaas Rasyid, a former director general of regional autonomy and minister for bureaucratic reform, told an audience of regional representatives during an overview at the State Administration Institute in Jakarta on Wednesday.
After the fall of Soeharto’s New Order regime, the country’s centralized governance system gave way to regional autonomy, a system in which regions have more authority to manage their own affairs such as budgeting and lawmaking.
According to Ryaas there has been no real improvement on the whole in either management or welfare within the regions. “There has been no significant rise in prosperity for the ...