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Jakarta Post

Assistants to the assistants: Multiple staffers thwart Jokowi's bureaucratic reform

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, February 27, 2020   /  06:09 pm
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President Joko Widodo (center) introduces his new, young, staffers at the State Palace in Jakarta.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

The government’s decision to set up teams of expert staffers at several ministries and other state agencies has sparked concerns among observers who fear the policy is a setback to the government’s bureaucratic reform agenda. Social and political research institute Cakra Wikara Indonesia deputy chairman Dirga Ardiansa said the recent inauguration of teams of expert staffers and special staffers at various government institutions was an indirect result of the appointment of politicians as ministers in President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s Indonesia Onward Cabinet. “This is part of the effort [by the ministers] to secure the political interests of minister-level officials. They have political interests that need to be secured [such as] generating resources for the interests of their parties,” said Dirga. “There needs to be people who can sec...