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Jakarta Post

Businesses doubt coordinating ministers’ veto rights

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 25, 2019   /  08:20 am
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Coordinating Political, Legal Affairs and Security Minister Mahfud MD gestures during the Indonesia onward cabinet annoucement by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Wednesday, October 23, 2019.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s decision to give veto rights to coordinating ministers in his Indonesia Onward Cabinet has raised doubts among businesspeople, despite a glimpse of hope that the move would help smooth out investment-friendly policy making. In a move to streamline policy making, Jokowi has given a nod to respective coordinating ministers to veto the decisions and policies they deemed as contradicting the government’s overarching goal of luring investment and opening up more jobs. Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) deputy chairwoman Shinta W. Kamdani was less than enthusiastic when she learned the news, saying that despite Jokowi’s decision to synchronize policy making in the central government, such a move would not guarantee that the policies rolled out by the ministers would be in line with the needs of the private se...