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Jakarta Post

Anies clarifies mayors’ dismissal controversy with bureaucracy commission

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 19, 2018   /   08:14 am
Anies clarifies mayors’ dismissal controversy with bureaucracy commission Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan poses for a photograph on March 14. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said he had met State Civilian Bureaucracy Commission (KASN) head Sofian Effendi to talk about the dismissal of the city’s mayors, which has sparked controversy.

“I met [Sofian] last Thursday. I said we’re not supposed to disclose anything related to one’s work performance to the public,” he said as quoted by on Wednesday.

“I want to keep the working environment healthy,” he added, noting that only he and Sofian knew the reasons.

Anies, however, said his decision was mainly made based on the former officials’ work performance.

Mayors of the Central Jakarta, East Jakarta and West Jakarta municipalities have entered their retirement; hence, Anies said, they are being replaced with younger officials.

The North Jakarta mayor, meanwhile, became the Thousand Islands regent. The South Jakarta mayor has been placed as a staff member of the Jakarta Human Resources Development Agency (BPSDM).

Feeling unsatisfied with Anies’ decision, the former officials reported alleged violations to the KASN. Through their report, they complained about several procedural steps that needed to be taken before dismissing them from their posts, which allegedly had been neglected.

Previously, Anies fired several other officials who are a few years younger than 60, which is retirement age. While former South Jakarta Mayor Tri Kurniadi entered retirement at the age of 57, former Jakarta Tourism Agency head Tinia Budiati had a similar experience even though she is only 58.

Anies argued that the city’s civil servants enter retirement once they are 58 years old. The employment of one civil servant can be extended until one reaches 60 years old only if one has an important role.

“Civil servants retire at the age of 58, not 60,” he emphasized.

Whether or not a civil servant deserves that extension depends on the city’s consideration.

“If every civil servant gets to work until 60 years old, there would be no regeneration in the organization’s body,” he said. (vla)