Indonesian bureaucrats slammed for lavish offices

Indonesian bureaucrats slammed for lavish offices
Indonesian Deputy Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama.

INDONESIA - Deputy Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama criticised bureaucrats in City Hall for having lavish, excessive offices during an impromptu visit to various agencies and working units in the building on Thursday.

Ahok, who first visited the office of the absent regional secretary on the fourth floor, said the office was more luxurious than his and Governor Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's. The acting regional secretary is Wiriyatmoko, who recently was in an altercation with Ahok over red tape faced by companies donating city buses. Ahok said on Tuesday he would fire Wiriyatmoko when he became the governor.

"The chair is much better than mine. [If Jokowi is elected president] I think I want to be a regional secretary, instead of governor," he said jokingly while trying out the chair.

Ahok then visited the offices of several agencies in the same building, including the Jakarta Financial Management Body, the Employment Agency, the Law Bureau and the Public Order Agency.

The deputy governor said after visiting the offices that they were excessive.

"Every department has its own meeting room though they do not have meetings every day. I have suggested that one floor be altered into meeting rooms, but they did not want that," he said.

Ahok also said the offices had too many employees. "We saw earlier many workers just sitting around and watching television while waiting for the office to close. I even found an employee who was sleeping on the job," he said.

Ahok said he would give tests to junior officials and promotions to strengthen the city bureaucracy. "We will place them in the right place, so they can improve their skills," he said, adding that the officials would be evaluated on a one-on-one basis.

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