Objection of the Ministry of Villages
Objection of the Ministry of Villages Regarding a Government Official Suspected of Brokering Personnel Recruitment.
REGARDING the article Party Politicians in the Villages Ministry in the April 12-18, 2021, edition of Tempo English, I need to convey the following matters.
- On April 10, 2021, at 7:21pm Western Indonesian Time, I was telephoned by Devy Ernis, who asked about the recruitment of professional mentor personnel (TPP) who in 2021 were moved to the central office. This policy resulted in late payment of mentors.
- Devy also asked about the receipt of letters, why a letter dated January 8, 2021, was received in the provinces before a letter dated January 6, 2021.
In response to those questions, I conveyed the following points.
- The 2021 TTP recruitment policy was carried out in line with the Minister of Village Affairs Regulation No. 18/2020, which was revised in of the Minister of Villages Regulation No. 19/2021, namely that the Ministry of Villages, Development of Disadvantaged Regions, and Transmigration up to the present time has not conducted a new TPP recruitment, but has evaluated reports on the performance of the existing TPP.
- The letter dated January 6, 2021, was connected with certainty for mentor personnel to be able to carry out their duties according to the outcome of work evaluations related to the conducting of duties in order to ensure that the mentors would be able to begin work in January.
- Based on the Minister of Villages Regulation No. 19/2021, the main duties and functions of mentors are handled by the Agency for Human Resource Development (BPSDM) and the Empowerment of Village Communities, Disadvantaged Regions, and Transmigration. Initially, in the Minister of Villages Regulation No. 18/2020, those main duties and functions fell under the Directorate of Village Community Development and Empowerment, which has changed to become the Directorate-General of Village and Rural Development as based on Presidential Regulation No. 85/2020 and the Minister of Villages Regulation No. 15/2020.
- The payment of TPP salaries was not late due to a vacancy in the position of head of the BPSDM, which was filled by an acting official, but due to a revision to the 2021 budget implementation form (DIPA), which was not issued until February 23, 2021.
- At the time the Tempo English news was published, I as the acting Head of the BPSDM had paid the salaries of all professional mentor personnel from the central to village levels, except for a few people in Papua who had to be verified and validated regarding their bank accounts. So it is untrue that a vacancy in the position of the head of that agency affected the lateness of payment of TPP salaries.
The reporting of the news report is very tendentious and denigrating the good name of Jajang Abdullah as the acting Head of the BPSDM, who in that news story was said to have only signed letters for 1,334 village mentors at the city, district and regency levels, not to mention being connected with some people who are sympathizers with the National Awakening Party (PKB). I as the budget user (KPA) have signed assignment letters for 34,450 TPP covering all of Indonesia.
- I realize that there was a shift in the main functions and duties of mentors at the BPSDM based on the Minister of Villages Regulation No. 15/2020, which occurred at the same time a new organizational structure and work procedures (SOTK) were made in the Minister of Villages Regulation No. 15/2020 regarding the SOTK after I was appointed. As BPSDM Secretary doubling as the acting Head of the BPSDM, I carried out a budget revision in relation with mentor salaries and on February 23, 2021, the DIPA revision was decreed by the Directorate-General of Budget at the Ministry of Finance.
- Furthermore, I took coordination measures, both internally (with provincial coordinators, the Inspectorate-General of the Ministry of Villages) and externally with the Head of the Jakarta 7 State Treasury Service Office and the Jakarta Regional Office of the Directorate-General of the Treasury of the Ministry of Finance in order to conduct rapid measures in connection with the payment of mentor salaries, such that at present 98 percent of the salaries for January-March have been paid (the remaining 2 percent are in return process due to incorrect bank accounts).
- Personally, I object to the news report titled Postitions for Sale in Tempo English. I am a witness who came from the Ministry of Home Affairs, who since 2015 has taken part in open selection for Echelon II positions. I have not given a single rupiah in that connection and no one has asked me for any money. During the time that three different ministers have held the position, I have taken part in open bidding several times, and never has anyone asked me for any money. This news has greatly disturbed me and my family, because on April 11, 2021, I received a WhatsApp message from one of my children, who is a civil servant, regarding that news. They said to me, “Papa, you don’t have to become an Echelon I official. The important thing is not paying anything.”
- Referring to the interview with Devy, none of the answers I gave was included in the reporting in question. Devy used her own imagination in connecting my name, which is identifiable with a certain region, with the names of mentors who came from a particular region and political party. Whereas, I do not know the mentors mentioned in that news story.
- Referring to the replies I gave to Devy, I convey my objection to the publication of my name, Jajang Abdullah, in that Tempo English news story, because what was reported was not in line with what was asked.
- As my replies were not published, since my position as the acting Head of BPSDM and a KPA for the new SOTK at the Ministry of Villages, Tempo English’ reporting is not balanced.
- This lack of balanced reporting has imparted a negative stigma in the appointment of mentors from the national to the village level at the Ministry of Villages, and has greatly injured the feelings of the ranks of civil servants at the Ministry of Villages.
Acting Head of the Agency for Human Resource Development and the Empowerment of Village Communities, Disadvantaged Regions, and Transmigration
Thank you for your response. We have asked for a clarification for the same matter to the Minister of Villages, Development of Disadvantaged Regions, and Transmigration Abdul Halim Iskandar. We included Minister Halim’s clarification in the writing—Ed.