Joko Widodo - Maruf Amin

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Indonesian General Election Commission officially appointed Joko Widodo and Ma’ruf Amin as an elected President and Vice President, based on the results of the plenary meeting on last Sunday (06/30), three days after the verdict of the opposition’ lawsuit by Constitutional Court.

Along with this, public attention is slowly beginning to be drawn on what cabinet composition Widodo will form in his second term. News spread, it is possible that Widodo will reshuffle the cabinet before the inauguration in October.

In the formation of the next cabinet, Widodo must learn from the experience of the previous five years of his administration and the 10 years of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s period.

It is no secret that one of the serious obstacles for the elected president to form a cabinet is the strong dominance of political parties. This is a consequence that must be accepted due to the coalition of political parties and the obscurity of our current presidential system practices.

Four times the cabinet reshuffle carried out by Widodo during the first five years of his administration also shows how political compromises with coalition political parties must be continually renewed. However, Widodo argued that the cabinet reshuffle was carried out as a form of dissatisfaction with the performance of the old officials and cabinet refresher.

For this reason, in his second administration, Widodo had to be bolder in making political decisions in the formation of the cabinet. If in the first period he seemed less courageous, perhaps the public could still understand, considering that he was a new figure in the national political arena and not a policy maker in the political party as general chairman and was forced to make various political compromises through four cabinet reshuffle.

However, if in the second period the courage to take a firm political stance in the formation of the cabinet was also not seen, the Gadjah Mada University’ graduated must be prepared to face a wave of public disappointment.

However crowded the conversation in the public space over the next few weeks revolves around the composition of the cabinet, it must be understood by all parties that the final determinant of who is the name who will fill 34 ministerial posts is Jokowi himself.

That is the president’s prerogative which is protected by law. Ignoring political party cadres in the formation of the cabinet is indeed almost impossible for anyone in the president to be in the midst of unclear presidential system practices after the Soeharto’ Era.

It may be that in political parties there are also people of integrity and have the capacity to occupy certain ministerial posts. But it still must be seriously ensured that the cadres of the political parties to be appointed understand very well what must be done during the five years leading the ministry.

Also, Widodo must not appoint figures who are legally problematic to sit in the cabinet. The case of buying and selling positions at the religion ministry, alleged bribery of grants for the Indonesian National Sports Committee at the Youth and Sports Ministry, The bribery case that ensnared member of parliament Bowo Sidik Pangarso involving the trade minister Enggartiato Lukita, and bribery in the Riau power plant involving former social minister Idrus Marham, must be used as a mirror for Widodo to be more careful in placing cadres of political parties in the cabinet.

It has become common knowledge for ministry posts to often be the entrance to the flow of funds for political parties where the minister concerned is sheltered.

For this reason, very reasonable if in the cabinet formation process, the Corruption Eradication Commission is invited by Widodo as a partner to provide input on which candidate ministerial figures are free from corruption.

Interestingly, he considers young figures to enter his cabinet. The Jakarta former governor claimed he would not distinguish professional backgrounds or political parties in drafting the new cabinet for 2019 – 2024.

Several names associated in the Widodo – Amin’ cabinet structure began with Yusril Ihza Mahendra, Democrat Party cadres Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono, Solidaritas Indonesia Party chair Grace Natalie, Yenny Wahid, and others. Millennial names have a big chance because the vision of the Widodo-Amin government focused on maximizing human resources and technological development.

With the lack of political burden in the second period, we hope that Widodo can accelerate faster in running government programs. Moreover, the composition of the 575 seats of the House of Representatives is dominated by coalition political parties.

Cooperation between the executive and legislative institutions is expected to run better and more smoothly, so that the government does not encounter significant obstacles or obstacles in launching reliable programs.

Even the news circulated, if the Gerinda party, the strongest opposition party led by Prabowo Subianto, could join the coalition group, in order to pass the party’s interests in the government.

The Gerindra Party itself has been in opposition for ten years. In the 2019 election, the party ranked second with 17,594,839 votes (12.57 percent). In the first position was PDIP with 27,053,961 votes (19.33 percent). Furthermore, the third position was the Golkar Party with 17,229,789 votes (12.31 percent).

When viewed from the acquisition of seats in parliament, it is only natural that the government invites Subianto’ party to join so that the coalition position of the government will be stronger especially in making decisions in the future.

However, the peoples still support Gerindra to become an opposition with Keadilan Sejahtera and Amanat Nasional Party. From the existing track record, for ten years as an opposition, Gerindra became a party that was very consistent in making decisions. This party is very strict in controlling policies that deviate from the government.

As a democracy, the existence of opposition is very important. Indonesia needs a strong character of opposition so that a balance of power occurs. Opposition can control government policies that harm society. And Gerindra fulfills all the qualifications.

Written by Lexy Nantu, Email: lexy@theinsiderstories.com