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Jakarta Post

Bureaucratic deadwood

  • Editorial board


Jakarta   /   Thu, January 28 2021   /  01:00 am
Number of Indonesian civil servants.(JP/Swi Handono)

After more than 20 years of reforms, Indonesia is still grappling with a corrupt and inefficient bureaucracy. The much-awaited bureaucratic reform gained traction when the House of Representatives passed the state civil apparatus bill into law in 2014, but now the same entity wants to reverse the course and douse the spirit of change. The House has officially tabled a revision to the State Civil Apparatus Law No. 30/2014 as an initiative bill for deliberation with the government, with the aim of dissolving the Civil Service Commission (KASN), the oversight body mandated by the law to ensure the bureaucracy upholds meritocracy, impartiality and professionalism. United Development Party (PPP) lawmaker Syamsurizal told a hearing with Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Minister Tjahjo Kumolo on Jan. 18 that supervision of civil apparatus could be returned to the government, in this...