Jokowi's Millennial Special Staffers to Serve as Speech Writers

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  • President Joko Widodo or Jokowi (fourth from left) introduces his staffers who hail from the millennial generation at Merdeka Palace on Thursday, November 21, 2019.  Photo: Presidential Secretariat's Bureau for Press, Media and Information

    President Joko Widodo or Jokowi (fourth from left) introduces his staffers who hail from the millennial generation at Merdeka Palace on Thursday, November 21, 2019. Photo: Presidential Secretariat's Bureau for Press, Media and Information

    TEMPO.CO, JakartaState Secretary Minister Pratikno announced that the president’s special staffers from millennials would have another task: writing speeches for Jokowi.

    “They will be asked to give inputs on presidential remarks. So they will be fresher,” said Pratikno at Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, Monday, December 2.

    The president also demanded the seven staffers provide suggestions on policies that the government would issue, viz. pre-employment programs, development of micro, small, medium enterprises (MSMEs), and the education field.

    “Sometimes, what we think is completely different from what the young staffers think,” said Pratikno.

    Coordinator of the presidential special staffers, Ari Dwipayana, explained the total 14 special staffers to the president would be divided into three teams. Some will serve as the president’s spokesman, some will be tasked to establish communication with strategic groups, while others will become the president’s partners in discussions.

    The staffers who will be tasked in the communication field are Fadjroel Rachman (on politics and administration affairs), Dini Purwono (on legal affairs), Arif Budimanta (on economic affairs), and Angkie Yudistia (on social affairs).

    In addition, Anggit Noegroho, Sukardi Rinakit, Diaz Hendropriyono, and Aminuddin Ma'ruf will become the bridge between the president and his strategic groups, while the rest; Putri Indahsari Tanjung, Gracia Billy Mambrasar, Adamas Belva Syah Devara, Ayu Kartika Dewi, and Andi Taufan Garuda Putra, will be Jokowi’s partner in discussions.

    AHMAD FAIZ IBNU SANI