Ex-deputy police chief in Indonesia was not sacked

11-Sep-2018 Intellasia | Straitstimes | 6:00 AM Print This Post

The news analysis by Indonesia correspondent Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja (Indonesian V-P hedges his bets ahead of election; August 31) leads readers to come to some incorrect conclusions.

For instance, the report states that the deputy chief of police, Police Commissioner-General Syafruddin (not “lieutenant-general” as reported) was sacked from his post on August 13.

The report insinuates that this had to do with Indonesia’s vice-President Jusuf Kalla “turning down” the offer to be President Joko Widodo’s chief campaign manager.

The fact is Syafruddin was never sacked.

He was promoted and appointed minister for State Apparatus Empowerment and Bureaucratic Reform.

Syafruddin replaced Asman Abnur, a politician from the National Mandate Party who, for political reasons, had tendered his resignation a day earlier.

The appointment of Syafruddin to this Cabinet minister position left the post of deputy chief of national policewhich he previously heldvacant.

It is also incorrect to say that the post of minister for state apparatus empowerment and bureaucratic reform is “a less important Cabinet post” than the one Syafruddin had held earlier.

The fact is that the new Cabinet post is actually one that is instrumental in mustering support for the government of President Joko.

It also helps the President improve governance as the ministry’s role is essential in making the bureaucracy work for the people and the reform agenda.



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