Jakarta to cut allowances of civil servants skipping work Monday

Jakarta Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat speaks to journalists on the sidelines of an Idul Fitri open house at City Hall on June 25.
PHOTO: The Jakarta Post/Asia News Network

The Jakarta administration has announced that all civil servants, unless officially on leave, must return to work on Monday, the first day of work after the extended Idul Fitri holiday, or their allowances will be cut.

Jakarta Employment Agency head Agus Suradika said the stern measure was necessary to ensure that all public officials returned to work after the 10-day Idul Fitri holiday.

"Cuts [in allowances] will vary, ranging from one month to three months," he said as quoted by kompas.com on Sunday.

"We will check through the time clocks," he said.

In the past, city administration civil servants were notorious for being absent from work after Idul Fitri and tended to skip days.

However, strict enforcement of the rules and meritocracy-based work ethics promoted by then Jakarta governor Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and his deputy Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama introduced in 2012 gradually changed the bad habit.

When serving as governor, Ahok upheld the strict policy.

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