Sunday, September 4, 2011

Nepotism in Banten

The Province of Banten, formerly part of West Java Province, was established in the year 2,000 and have its own governor, government and regional Houses of Representatives.

The current Governor of Banten, Ratu Atut Chosiyah (49) of the Golkar Party, was elected on January 2007. Previously, she was Acting Governor (2006-2007) and Vice Governor (2002-2006).

According to Kompas newspaper, many members of Ratu Atut's family held various government offices in the province, and also members of regional and central parliaments.

Her husband and son are members of the national House of Representatives in Jakarta, her sister is the Vice Regent of Serang, her step mother is Vice Regent of Pandeglang, sister in-law is Mayor of South Tangerang, her daughter-in-law, step-mother and brother-in-law are members of the Banten House of Representatives, her step-brother is the Mayor of the Province's capital city of Serang.

Nepotism also occur in Lebak Regency whereby two daughters of Regent Mulyadi Jayabaya are members of the national House of Representatives, and his two brothers are members of the regional House of Representatives.

In Tangerang Regency, the son of Regent Ismet Iskandar is a member of national Houses of Representatives and his daughter is a member of local House of Representatives.

Liberal democracy adopted by Indonesia since May 1998 allow every citizens to hold public offices provided that he or she meet all requirements set forth by the laws and regulations, supported by the majority of people, and capable of doing the jobs properly and legally.

However, in order to avoid any conspiracy among public officers, I hope that family relationship among public officers can be avoided or at least minimized in the future. For which purpose the election law and regulation should be amended accordingly.


Wisata Murah said...

nepotisme..ini kedengarannya lagu lama yang ngetrend kembali. sayang ya kita belum bisa bebas dari momok nepotisme

colson said...

Obviously these are examples of serious suspicion of conflicts of interest (situations in which an individual is in a position to exploit a professional or official capacity in some way for their benefit of next of kin). At least appearances are against her.

An adequate ethical code should comprise an article stating that even the appearance of conflict of interest is off limits.

However I'm afraid that it will be hard to put into daily practice in a culture where loyalty to family and next of kin prevails over loyalty to the public interest.

triesti said...

they could get elected because they have money. plain and simple. if you look at Lampung province it's not much different. But from I heard from the grass root, they believe the family, that's why they vote for them. what ever...

H. Nizam said...

@Wisata Murah,
Kita hanya bisa berharap agar dimasa depan akan berubah jadi baik.

The governor defended that there is nothing wrong, it's democracy, all those people are elected directly by the people.
Actually conflict of interest is not allowed, so must be clearly stated that family relationship among public officers is not allowed.

That's the situation here, people strongly believe that leadership can be inherited automatically to heirs.

gajah_pesing said...

hmmm... classic story :D

r10 said...

aku juga kurang suka sama dinasti politik, ga bagus buat demokrasi

yadiebaroos said...

that's indonesia pal, indonesia, no nepotism

smp 3 lembang said...

kapan ya berakhir, kayaknya hanya sekedar penantian

H. Nizam said...

@Gajah Pesing,
Yes it is a classic story.

Anda sangat tepat, tidak sesuai dengan demokrasi.

It should be improve in the future.

Mari kita berharap keadaan berubah.

Mr Nyariadi said...

nepotism is usualy continu, we hope change to than more true

H. Nizam said...

@Mr Nyariadi,
Yes, let's hope that it will improve.

Ria Tumimomor said...

it is a common practice here in all over Indonesia, I suppose :(

halobro said...

Memang nepotisme ini tampaknya sulit sekali hilang dlm soal pil-gub di Indonesia. trims sharenya multi brand.

H. Nizam said...

You are right, unfortunately.

Begitulah keadaannya.

jogja said...

thank you very helpful article