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Jakarta Post

Jakarta administration used media reports to justify demotions, KASN says

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, August 1, 2018   /   08:03 am
Jakarta administration used media reports to justify demotions, KASN says Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan (right) inaugurates new city mayors and echelon II officials at City Hall on July 5. ( Carina)

The Jakarta administration has used media reports to justify demoting several high-ranking officials within the administration, the State Civilian Bureaucracy Commission (KASN) has revealed.

KASN commissioner I Made Suwandi said that, when his office demanded that the administration provide a rationale behind the decision to demote the officials, the administration submitted a media report that showed a request from the Gerindra Party to dismiss Anas Effendi, the former West Jakarta mayor.

"There are various [reports], including a report that reads 'Gerindra calls for firm sanction against Anas'," Made said on Tuesday as reported by

He added that another report stated that Anas attended a campaign held by Djarot Saiful Hidayat during gubernatorial elections last year.

"To launch an investigation based on a newspaper report is allowed, but there should be questioning to clarify the report," Made said.

The KASN previously questioned several officials from the administration, including Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan and city secretary Saefullah, over the demotions, which were carried out in June and July.

Made said the administration had failed to provide a reason behind the moves. 

KASN chief Sofian Effendi said that questioning the policy was part of his job and that he did the same when changes were made under the administration of former governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama.

Sofian said that Ahok was able to provide the commission with assessment reports, which were obtained after officials were questioned. (fac)