Indonesian public wants Jokowi cabinet shake-up: Survey

A survey commissioned by a Jakarta-based pollster, the Political Communication (Polcomm) Institute, shows that 61.8 per cent of 1,200 respondents want an immediate reshuffle in President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's Cabinet as a result of poor performances by several ministries.

Around 33.7 per cent of respondents demanded the reshuffle be done in early 2016.

"The demand for the Cabinet reshuffle is mainly due to poor coordination among ministries and between ministries and the President," Polcomm senior researcher Afdal Makkuraga Putra said on Sunday.

The survey, which was conducted from Nov. 20 to 26 across the country's 34 provinces, suggests that only 20.6 per cent of people consider the ministries to coordinate well together.

Also, 37.9 per cent of respondents thought that the ministries were yet to realise Nawacita's (the government's nine-priority agenda) aims; 29.1 per cent thought they had realised it; and 33 per cent did not know.

A political expert at Gadjah Mada University (UGM), Nyarwi Ahmad, said that Jokowi should respond to the public's expectation of a Cabinet reshuffle.

"It is, indeed, still too early to judge a person's working performance, but the President really needs to move fast, otherwise the public's trust in him will plunge," Nyarwi said.