The Jakarta Post
Setara Institute chairman Hendardi has said that ahead of the one year anniversary of their administration, President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla had yet to show quality leadership in corruption eradication and resolving past human rights abuse cases in Indonesia.
'Jokowi has not yet implemented an effective leadership, which supports corruption eradication in the country,' he said as quoted by Antara news agency in Jakarta on Sunday.
Inaugurated as Indonesia's seventh president on Oct. 20, 2014, Jokowi has raised hopes among all Indonesian people on the creation of good and clean governance that is free from corruption.
It would be difficult, however, for Indonesia to see significant, new breakthroughs in corruption eradication if Jokowi, as the country's highest leader, remained passive in anticorruption measures, Hendardi said.
'It seems that Jokowi's leadership has tended to become an 'extinguisher' of [political] turmoil, which actually has been created by his own ministers and officials directly under his coordination,' said Hendardi.
He said the criminalization of Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) leaders and the ongoing debate over a plan to revise Law No. 30/2002 on the KPK were among controversies that showed the Jokowi administration's poor commitment to corruption eradication.
Under Jokowi's administration, ministers, heads of non-ministerial government institutions and regional administrations had been spoiled with anticriminalization protection, which could be potentially misused, Hendardi added.
'Jokowi seems to be just a leader of Indonesia's infrastructure development, not the country's whole development,' said Hendardi.
In the field of law, he added, Jokowi had failed to manage the National Legislation Program (Prolegnas) to produce various laws that all people desperately needed.
'The public also does not yet have confidence in the work performance of law enforcers and the integrity of officials in the field of law. The law and human rights minister [Yasonna Laoly] has also not yet been effective as a public official and tended to represent himself as a representative of a political party and a protector of party interests,' Hendardi said.
He also criticized Jokowi's poor achievements on the protection and promotion of human rights. He said one of Jokowi's few achievements was the issuance of Presidential Regulation (Perpres) No. 75/2005 on the 2015-2019 National Plan of Action on Human Rights (RANHAM), which he added was more similar to work programs of a study center rather than a government program.
'The quality of his administration's RANHAM is worse than the one from the previous administration. Jokowi, through his men, has only created a chaotic situation by delivering an idea of reconciliation without revealing the truth. This misleading idea has continued to progress,' said Hendardi.
'Several human rights violations have occurred within one year. Tolikara, Aceh Singkil, Lumajang, Syiah and Ahmadiyah refugees, and the criminalization against freedom of speech and expression are among the cases,' he added. (ebf)
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