Jakarta – The government of Joko Widodo (Jokowi) must be able to create a lean but more effective cabinet in continuing the development program in the second period. This can be done by Jokowi because in the second period Jokowi no longer had the political burden of the parties that had carried him in the 2019 Presidential Election.
“Jokowi does not have the political burden in the second period. The downsizing of the cabinet and forming a zaken (professional) cabinet will be very feasible,” Political Observer Adi Prayitno said on Wednesday (12/06/2019) in Jakarta.
According to Adi, in the second period, Jokowi will be able to be more flexible and autonomous in determining who the quality cabinet members are chosen to help him run the government until 2024. Qualified cabinet members can be drawn from professionals from political or non-political backgrounds.
“The people are waiting for President Jokowi’s promises to form an effective cabinet for the running of the wheels of government. The cabinet is filled with professionals and not just party officials,” he said.
According to him, in the first period of his administration there were indeed a lot of progress achieved. However, in a number of posts such as the economy and absorption of labor it is still felt to be lacking.
In the economic field, for example, Jokowi has a political promise to increase the increase by 7 percent, but has not been achieved. In this second period, Jokowi had the opportunity to fulfill the promise.
Furthermore, in the field of labor absorption it should also be better than in the first period. Jokowi through ministers in his cabinet must be able to make new breakthroughs that are able to improve the quality of Indonesian human resources who have the ability to compete, both at home and abroad.
Besides that, Jokowi’s cabinet’s homework is also still in the future, namely fixing the legal institutions and political stability which have always been shaken by certain parties who have views that are at odds with the government.
“For political stability, it should also be better in the second period. Considering, currently Jokowi is supported by most political parties. It is different when at the beginning of the first period,” he said.
For his experience, Jokowi is believed to be able to compile a new, leaner cabinet. One of the efforts is to reduce or merge a number of ministries to other ministries, for the sake of efficiency and effectiveness.
“It must be admitted, so far there have been ministries whose duties are related to the duties of other ministries. This condition should be minimized by streamlining the cabinet and appointing people who have the ability and willingness,” Adi said.