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Anies 'dismisses' mayor through WhatsApp chat

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, July 17, 2018   /   03:44 pm
Anies 'dismisses' mayor through WhatsApp chat Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan (right) inaugurates new city mayors and officials at City Hall on July 5. (kompas.com/Jessi Carina)

Former East Jakarta mayor Bambang Musyawardhana has claimed that he was dismissed from office via WhatsApp Messenger without having received an official governor's decree on his dismissal.

“I am fine with the dismissal. The problem is that I have not received an official gubernatorial decree. I was only told through WhatsApp that I was being dismissed,” Bambang said as reported by kompas.com on Monday.

“I don’t know when I'm going to start my retirement or what my current role is,” he said.

He said that he had filed the necessary paperwork for his retirement at the National Civil Service Agency (BKN) and was set to retire on Oct. 1.

However, on July 5, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan reportedly dismissed Bambang from his post as East Jakarta mayor as part of a major reshuffling of city officials.

He said that he had yet to receive any official explanation from the Jakarta Civil Service Agency.

“I will follow any decisions that have been made. However, don’t make me clock in every day without a clear role. It is as if I am detained by the city – I want to go but I can’t,” Bambang said.

He added that the State Civilian Bureaucracy Commission had launched an investigation into Anies' dismissal of several officials, including Bambang.

The commission is currently investigating alleged violations in the dismissals and has questioned several dismissed officials and members of the Jakarta Civil Service Agency. (ami)