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Officials taking campaign leave feared to adversely impact on public service

  • Erwida Maulia

    THE JAKARTA POST

JAKARTA   /   Tue, March 17 2009   /  09:11 am

The President’s recent assuran- ce that public officials taking leave to campaign would not affect government activities has come under fire. An advisor to the State Minister for Administrative Reform said that with 20 percent of central and regional officials asking for leave, the government would be understaffed with all the absences. “The government will not work effectively with many officials on leave campaigning,” administrative reform advisor Deddy Bratakusumah, told The Jakarta Post on Monday. The campaign season kicked off Monday and will last until April 5, forcing officials to leave state duties behind while they are on the campaign trail. Deddy said officials taking leave would naturally be concentrating more on their parties than their own state duties during this election time. “It will be difficult for some government institutions to ma...