Ex Vice President Jusuf Kalla (JK) assessed that Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has enough experiences in governance, thus he is believed would be able to lead Jakarta along with its complex problems.
“Jokowi is an entrepreneur with 10 years of experiences in governance. Similar to me, I had become a minister for eight years, so the tasks as vice president were easy for me,” said JK in a discussion held by Indonesia National Resilience Institute (Lemhanas), Thursday (11/8).
In the discussion themed ‘Strengthening National Leadership in Regions in Implementation of National Management System to Accelerate National Development’, JK gave constructive inputs in terms of leadership system.
According to him, in the aftermath of reformation era, the existing system is already very democratic, where regional elections (Pilkada) run in accordance to the prevailing regulations. Yet on the other hand, there is an ongoing regional autonomy, so overlap between central government and regional government happens. Hence, it must be rectified.
JK proposed for Lemhanas to carry out their functions in improving leadership quality in the regions, be it regent, mayor, or governor. This is because the democracy system in Indonesia is already correct. However, what needs to be fixed is the output resulted, that is the quality of leadership figures.
Meanwhile, Jokowi said that all regional leaders, be it regent, mayor, or governor, must know well the education and training in Lemhanas. Obviously, this will become a task for Lemhanas to evaluate deeper so governance education could be scrutinized by regional leader candidates.
“In the discussion, I gave input in terms of political recruitment on regional level as well as national level, which system needs to be improved. For example, why regional leaders must participate in Lemhanas training? It is so they understand more about the meaning of leadership in the frame of management system,” he explained.
Through the education in Lemhanas, Jokowi told that a leader will receive training and education in governance, starting from state knowledge, budget management, organization, etc. “Those are important to be understood by all leaders. Because if it’s not, they would not be able to implement leadership management,” he stated.