Reshuffle Based on “Power Sharing” Has No Significant Impact on Government Performance

Secretary General of the National Mandate Party (PAN) Eddy Soeparno said his party would not speculate on the issue reshuffle which President Jokowi will do in the near future, after PAN itself joins the governing coalition. According to him, this is the prerogative of a president.

“So we will not speculate in this case, let alone try to guess because now PAN is really focused on helping the community in handling COVID-19. So of course we will respect whatever the president’s decision is, will we? reshuffle or not, but the point is that we will not enter the arena to speculate about it,” he told Mouab, in Jakarta, Monday (27/9).

Furthermore, Eddy explained that when the president offered to PAN to occupy a position in the cabinet, his party was ready to carry out the task during that time for the benefit of the people, especially in the difficult time of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, when asked if PAN itself had prepared the names of the cadres, Eddy did not elaborate.

The atmosphere of the inauguration of new ministers and deputy ministers by President Joko Widodo at the State Palace, Wednesday, December 23, 2020. (Photo: Press Bureau of the Presidential Secretariat)

The atmosphere of the inauguration of new ministers and deputy ministers by President Joko Widodo at the State Palace, Wednesday, December 23, 2020. (Photo: Press Bureau of the Presidential Secretariat)

“Pak Zul (Chairman of PAN) has stated that his goal is to serve the Red and White no one is unprepared, and that is in any case. We have felt that for 1.5 years the PAN cadres have been tireless and tireless to deal with the COVID-19 problem. So whatever the name is for Merah Putih, I think we are all ready to carry out any tough tasks,” he explained.

Regarding whether there has been an offer to PAN so far, Eddy did not answer clearly. According to him, this is a discussion that will only be carried out between President Jokowi and the General Chair of PAN, Zulkifli Hasan.

Addressing this issue, the Spokesperson for the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Fadjroel Rahman, confirmed the decision reshuffle The cabinet is entirely in Jokowi’s hands.

“If there is any reshuffle Of course the president himself announced it, because of the president’s prerogative,” said Fadjroel in a short message to Mouab.

Reshuffle Based on “Power Sharing”

Political analyst and Executive Director of Voxpol Center Research and Consulting Pangi Syarwi Chaniago believes that PAN will occupy a ministerial seat in the Advanced Indonesia Cabinet. He sees that Jokowi himself understands well the management of the coalition to divide the allotted seats in the government to the political parties that support it.

“So how to maintain the feelings of the supporting parties, especially the main supporting parties. So what will be reduced is from the professional ministers. So the Minister of the party will not be reduced, the change of people may even be added. PAN will definitely get at least one seat, if I see it,” he told Mouab.

Pangi Syarwi Chaniago Political Analyst and Executive Director of Voxpol Center Research and Consulting said the reshuffle based on power sharing to supporting political parties will not improve government performance (personal documentation)

Pangi Syarwi Chaniago Political Analyst and Executive Director of Voxpol Center Research and Consulting said the reshuffle based on power sharing to supporting political parties will not improve government performance (personal documentation)

With that, he saw that reshuffle what Jokowi does is reshuffle based on “power sharing” aka the division of seats in the cabinet, considering the current government coalition is a fat coalition. This, he said, was a pity because in truth reshuffle in a government must refer to the performance of leaders in a ministry/institution so that it can have a direct impact on the community.

“This reshuffle performance based or power sharing? In my opinion, it’s based on power sharing, isn’t it? reshuffle purely performance based or reshuffle slim cabinet. That’s because the foundation has collapsed from the beginning, it doesn’t work, only there is no concrete discourse. So, reshuffle even so many times will not actually have a significant impact because no matter how bad a minister from a political party is, it will be maintained. There are many ministers who do not have the capacity, who cannot work but are maintained. The victims and victims are always ministers from professional circles, who have no political ties,” he explained.

Regarding which ministers from professional circles will be removed by Jokowi if PAN enters the cabinet, it cannot be predicted. This, he said, was because once again reshuffle The majority of what Jokowi has done so far is not based on the performance of these ministers. In fact, according to him, this is important in order to overcome the problems that exist in the field and in the community.

“Who will be dismissed is a matter of like or dislike, a matter of chemistry (compatibility). Unpredictable. So, it is only based on assumptions, perceptions and wild thoughts, and we cannot measure how to determine which ministers need to be retained and which ones do not need to be maintained, because there is no indicator tool. That’s the problem,” he concluded. [gi/lt]

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