Pre-Employment Card’s Right of Reply
Responding the editorial of Tempo magazine.
Published on April 28, 2020 entitled Conflicting Business, we need to give a response as our right of reply. In the opinion it is written: “Ruang Raya is a technology startup that was appointed by the government to partner it in the pre-employment card program. Ruangguru, as Belva’s company is better known, was appointed as one of the platforms in a project valued at Rp5.6 trillion from the total budget of Rp20 trillion without having to submit a tender. Although Belva has since resigned from the special staff, Ruangguru has not withdrawn from the project it was awarded.”
Response: The pre-employment card is a direct aid program for the public to access skill or vocational training. The government does not organize any training so that no training agencies are prepared or named in the pre-employment card program. Beneficiaries are free to choose the training according to their interest, needs and evaluation of the benefit of the relevant training.
The design of the pre-employment card program as it is now was jointly drawn up by ministries and state agencies. In the formulation of Presidential Regulation No. 36/2020, the coordinating ministry for the economy invited the Government Goods/Services Procurement Policy Institute (LKPP) and the Development Finance Comptroller Agency (BPKP), emphasizing that the design of the pre-employment card program is not the domain of procurement of goods and services. The same was again emphasized by the BPKP and LKPP as well as the inspectorate-general of the finance ministry at a meeting with the coordinating ministry for the economy and the pre-employment card executive management yesterday. Before the Coordinating Minister for the Economy Regulation No. 3/2020 was issued, deputy IV of the coordinating ministry for the economy sent letters to request the views of the Attorney General’s Office, the BPKP and the Corruption Eradication Commission. The requests were followed up with a meeting chaired by deputy IV of the coordinating ministry for the economy, inviting representatives of the three institutions to discuss the design of program implementation, including the commission or fee received by the partner. In this way, the writing of the pre-employment card as a goods or services procurement project without a tender is an inaccurate description.
As consumers have full freedom to use the pre-employment training cost aid, all training agencies and digital platforms have to enter sound competition. Beneficiaries can determine their choices without any direction or coercion from the government, training agencies and digital platforms. Therefore, it is not true that one of the—hundreds of—training agencies available in the system is regarded as obtaining a project from the government.
Our role is to ascertain that participants enjoy the biggest value or benefit from the training aid. The method is to make sure that the market mechanism is functioning by continuing to increase the types of training, the number of training agencies and the total of digital platform partners so that sound competition takes place. We believe that the combination of consumers’ freedom and sound competition will promote the quality of vocational training in Indonesia.
Panji Winanteya Ruky
Director of Communication, Pre-Employment Card Executive Management
Input for Jakarta
I HAVE read an article of Tempo of the March 3-9, 2020 edition on the assessment of Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan’s handling of floods, which is described as disorderly and messed up. It is written on page 6: “There must be many flood experts in Jakarta and they should have solutions to flood handling.” Jakarta is very vast, covering Central, West, South, East and North Jakarta. Each region is headed by a mayor.
I have also read an article on page 60 of Tempo’s February 24-March 1, 2020 issue on Surabaya city in East Java, which has been led by seven mayors in 55 years, from Sukoco to today’s Tri Rismaharini. Sukoco requested an expert to design Surabaya.
According to someone who has visited the office of Mayor Risma, many closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras are installed to monitor all events in the territory of Surabaya. If anything needs to be put in order, the mayor goes to the place to take necessary action. Now Surabaya still faces floods but not as grave as the condition in Jakarta.
How about the mayors in Jakarta contributing their energy and thoughts to their respective regions? In this manner, problem solving can be easier due to their smaller areas.
Hopefully there will be no more criticism of disorderliness and messing up directed at Jakarta.
South Tangerang, Banten
The Covid-19 Relief Aid
I recommend Tempo make a report on social aid to relieve the impact of Covid-19 that has missed its target, because my family and I do not go to our hometown but have received no aid due to the possession of non-Jakarta identity cards. I am sad to hear that the amount of the aid is so big. We are just encouraged not to go to our hometown (for Lebaran), but our fate escapes the regional government’s attention.