President Joko Widodo - Photo by President Office

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Followed the weaknesses of the disaster management in Indonesia, President Joko Widodo planned to induct a new leader in the National Disaster Management agency. An active army, Lt. Gen. Doni Monardo has appointed to replace the existing head Dwikorita Karnawati

Monardo is the Secretary General of the National Defense Council and had served as Commander of President save-guard, Commander of Special Army Force, and Commander of Pattimura military district.

The inauguration initially held today (01/02), but the palace canceled the event without any explanation. We guessing caused he is still an active army.

Based on Law Number 34 Year 2004 concerning the Indonesian National Army in Article 47 paragraph (1), states that soldiers can only occupy civilian positions after resigning or retiring from active military service.

The article said, that for soldiers who are retiring, they are entitled to receive a retirement preparation period for one year. In addition, Government Regulation Number 11 Year 2017 regulates the matter of transferring status of army or police to state-apparatus. It means, they must resign from the agency before switching to becoming civil apparatus.

The increase in disaster points and the number of victims from year to year requires good and measurable performance from the relevant institutions. Therefore, the government must have a good leader in the case.

Of course, the government needs the performance and commitment of ministries and agencies. Therefore, the change of leadership can encourage disaster improvement and mitigation appropriately and measurably.

But, the excitement of Widodo’ policy in governance management has been seen before. The mismanagement is not only reflected in the postponement of the inauguration of the new national disaster management head.

Previously, the government had suddenly canceled the policy of increasing fuel price in a short time, kept the electricity price, the case of sudden replacement of vice president, the inauguration of army chief Let. Gen. Andika Perkasa, and now the leadership reform to tackling disasters and disaster victims.

Some parties consider, part of Widodo’ decision as a populist policies. The Institute for Development of Economics and Finance rated, his populist policy is seen from the distribution and use of funds through the State budget like increase the Village Funds, raising Salaries for Civil Servants and Retirees, also increase of Army, police, civil security work allowances.

Written by Daniel Deha, Email: theinsiderstories@gmail.com

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