Controversy Rages over UI Rector's Double Position as Jokowi Revises UI Statute

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    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Controversy over the double position of the Rector of the University of Indonesia (UI) Ari Kuncoro as Deputy President Commissioner of state lender BRI was still afoot. It was recently raging after President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo passed a regulation allowing Ari to remain as a commissioner.

    Ari got into the public spotlight after he was known to have a concurrent position at BRI. The Indonesian Ombudsman stated that he violated the Government Regulation (PP) No. 68 of 2013 concerning the UI Statute.

    “It is obviously a violation, it's maladministration,” said the Ombudsman member Yeka Hendra Fatika to Tempo on Tuesday, June 29.

    President Jokowi, however, recently signed PP No. 75 of 2021 concerning the UI Statute on July 2, 2021. The regulation was promulgated on the same date by the Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly. 

    The most highlighted change is the provision for concurrent positions for university leaders. Article 39(c) noted that the rector, deputy rector, university secretary, and department heads are prohibited to have a concurrent job as a director in state or private firms.

    The latest regulation changed the word "officials" to "directors", allowing the UI rector to serve as a firm’s official, which included a commissioner.

    “That’s right, the statute has now changed from officials to directors,” said a member of the UI Board of Trustees from the student body, Ahmad Naufal Hilmy, on Tuesday, July 20.

    A number of parties deemed the change 'saved' the UI Rector. UI senior economist Faisal Basri tweeted on Tuesday that Jokowi preferred to save Ari Kuncoro over UI with the revised regulation.

    UNJ Political Sociologist, Ubedilah Badrun, also criticized the ratification of PP No. 75 of 2021 on the UI Statute. “An official violated the rules, how come the rule was changed,” said Ubed in his statement on Tuesday.

    On July 5, as quoted from a company letter signed by Corporate Secretary Aestika Oryza Gunarto, BRI stated that it was possible for members of the Board of Commissioners to be active in the academic sector.

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