Friday, October 23, 2009

The New Minister of Health

Of the 34 Cabinet Ministers inducted by President SBY yesterday, there is one who is now a focus of media reports i.e. the Minister of Health Endang Rahayu Seyaningsih.

There are two reasons for this controversy, first Endang suddenly replaced President SBY's first choice for the job i.e. Nila Moeloek, wife of former Minister of Health Moeloek.
Secondly, her relationship with her predecessor, former Minister of Health Siti Fadillah Sapari was reported not good.

Endang worked at the Department of Health since 1990, but in 2008, Siti Fadillah dismissed from her position as head of the Department's Research & Development. It was rumored that she was being punished for carrying a virus specimen overseas without informing her boss. Her close relationship with US Naval Laboratory facility (Namru) in Jakarta has made her being suspected as a spy for the said lab.

After the induction ceremony, Endang told reporters that the allegation is not true. She said she will maintain relationship with the US government but not with Namru.
Later, Siti Fadilah also denied that she has accused Endang of selling the vaccine to Namru. However, she hoped that the new Minister would not change the agreement regarding Virus that Indonesia has concluded with the World Health Organization.

For detailed media reports on the above, please click here, here, here and here.

I hope that this matter would be clarified soonest possible, so that the new Minister can fully concentrate on her job.

Photo: Courtesy of Kilas Berita


Anonymous said...

I suppose if you look at the past a question about one minister out of a whole cabinet is pretty good really! And that question about professional behaviour rather than our old friends nepotism and corruption. I am hopeful I must say, but agree that standards must be very high.

Rob Baiton said...


Sounds like someone is throwing fuel on the fire ;)

H. Nizam said...


Hopefully only one, but I heard that there are others as well. However I would like to be positive and let them try their first 100 days.


Maybe ... but who ? considering that the government is 'formally' supported by around 78% seats in the house of representative.

Saung Web said...

May the Indonesian people's health status would be even better with his leadership

H. Nizam said...

Saung Web,
Let us hope so.