TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - In a written statement on Tuesday, the Jakarta State University (UNJ) political scientist, Ubedilah Badrun, challenged President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to replace two of his coordinating ministers in a Cabinet reshuffle.
In his statement, the analyst referred to coordinating minister of economic affairs Airlangga Hartarto and maritime and investments coordinating minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan.
“Would Jokowi dare to reshuffle the two coordinating ministers,” Ubedilah asked in the statement.
According to Ubedilah, President Jokowi would be considered to have ‘passed the test of leadership’ if Airlangga and Luhut do indeed get subjected to a Cabinet reshuffle.
“If not, the two of the coordinating ministers confirm the thesis that Jokowi is controlled by economic and political oligarchs,” said Ubedilah Badrun who argues that the two state-ministers are a burden as the two passed a law that he claims have been ineffective.
The analyst also said that both Luhut Pandjaitan and Airlangga have only caused a stir through public issues such as the issue of foreign workers, a failed open debate, and the failure of the pre-employment card program.