Wednesday, 4 September 2013


A number of bills which would serve as pillars of reformation of the bureaucracy must be passed over the period of the next 12 months before election. The bill consisted of among others: bill on state civilian apparatus [Asn], bill on government administration [Adpem] and bill on government internal control system [SPIP]. The bill was supposed to be free from political interference toward presidential election of 2014. “The political climate is getting hot lately. Whoever is elected as president he should given assurance that corruption eradication and reformation of the bureaucracy would be prioritized” Erry Riyana, head of the independent team of bureaucracy reformation disclosed to disclosed to business news [23/4]. 

As soon as the Bills were passed into law, whoever was elected as president would not easily adopt off-track policy. The case was not as simple as Government Regulation [PP] or presidential regulation [perpres] where the president could easily make changes. The future president was expected to be a reformist figure, so reformation of the bureaucracy would be a priority. “Reformation of the bureaucracy must be constantly carried out, but the fruits could not be benefited in a short time"

Implementation a reformation of the bureaucracy in some ministries was still nothing but paperwork. “The implementation is still beyond people’s expectation and it’s very disheartening”

The objective of the reformation itself was mainly to establish a clean bureaucracy which served. However to change the mindset a culture of civil servant was not easy. Therefore Erry he urged all executives at the ministries to be more daring and stringent to make breakthroughs within the existing corridors toward achieving reformation of the bureaucracy.
In public services for example, there must be a clear standard operating procedure whice was consistently implemented. Discipline among civil servants [PNS] must be enforced without any psychological barriers. This must be put in effect starting from recruitment of CPNS, promotion, until person. “Apply punish and reward consistently.”

About some cases of civil servant at the tax dept who were could red handed recently, Erry responded just lightly. “They are fraudulent people, there are always such people in any institution.” It did not mean they could be ignored they should be sanctioned according to the rules, so the disease would not infect other personnel. By hard sanction a deterrent effect would be made to other employees, so they need not to commit the same mistake.

The recommendation made by the deputy minister of PANREB Eko Prasojo about the principle of chain effect in accountability must be supported. A leader must be accountable for the mistakes done by his subordinates; other personnel of the same unit must share the sanction.

Civilians must refer to the culture among military circles. “The subordinate commits mistake, the leader must be responsible”

Although there were cases of felonious employees like Gayus Tambunan, so far only the ministry of finance had exercised reformation of the bureaucracy the integrated and specified way. The ministry of finance had changed standard of operation procedures [SOP]. Services had shown significant improvement, discipline and working ethos of employees turned better, and targets were met at the ministry.

Other problem of reformation was the so many regulations in effect which were not synchronous with one another. So many law, PP and perpress which were not synchronous and even contradicted. The same was with permen, kepmen, perda etc. all must be harmonized so the underlying regulations could be made clear. “The vice President as Chairman of the Reformation Committee must see this. A structural and earnest reformation must be exercised within the circles of law enforces, prosecutors and police force, so law enforcement could run smoothly and properly.”

Business New - July 26, 2013 

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