Joko Fires City Employee for Playing Video Games: Report

By Deti Mega Purnamasari on 05:16 pm Oct 18, 2013
Category News

Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo is convinced that his party, the Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), will win the legislative elections in 2014. (JG Photo/Safira Aulia)

Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo did not say a word to the employee caught playing video games during a surprise visit to the offices of the city’s small-and-medium enterprises agency.

But on his way out of the building, Joko told his assistant to take down the employee’s name so that he could be fired.

“It’s actually alright to play games, but they should be able to process [permit applications] in five minutes,” Joko said later, according to Indonesian news portal “But if they need two weeks to process [permits], how can they play games?”

He visited the East Jakarta offices unannounced on Friday — the second time he has done so. Accompanied by East Jakarta Mayor H.R. Krisdianto and integrated services (PTSP) head Husnul Chotimah, Joko proceeded directly to the PTSP offices.

“How does one get a SIUP [business permit]?” he asked an employee. “How many days does it take? Where should I go after this?”

“Three days, sir,” the official reportedly replied,

But an applicant named Rofi Nata who was in line for a permit told the governor that the process takes two weeks.

Joko went to the third floor, bringing with him a list of the companies and business that had registered for permits. He asked office staff there to teach him how to input the information so that he could do it himself.

“How do I input this?” he asked. “What’s the password?”

Office staff told him that agency head Johan Afandithe was the only one who knew the password, but he was nowhere to be found and no one knew where he was.

At this point, Joko reportedly saw an employee trying to covertly close down a computer game he had been playing.

The governor threw the papers he had been holding onto a table, asked for the names of all third floor staff, and while two officials tried to explain the situation, he walked to his car without speaking and slammed the door.

PTSP is still a pilot project in Jakarta. The governor made his first unannounced visit there on July 16.

Back at City Hall, Joko said the agency needed to become more efficient.

“The speed should be faster,” he said. “Just type some sentences, input the information, fill in the form, type it, enter, sign it and issue it. It’s not difficult.”

  • PerlNinja

    Yeah, usually he’s good cop v.s. Basuki’s bad cop; makes you wonder what’d happen if he’d sent Basuki in there…

  • sheldon

    Sock it to them Joko!

  • ProudToBeIndonesian

    Please fire the person who is responsible of the PASSWORD and was not there. How on earth you can start working when the it is LOCKED? This man has a HUGE responsibility and he was not there? This is 20th century where there are so many encryption software, procedures to ensure the safety of the data. I bet the password is 1234.

  • Ruli Manurung

    Credit where credit is due, the South Jakarta immigration office in Warung Buncit today is completely unrecognizable from the horrible bureaucratic mess it was in years gone by. As far as I can see nowadays the process runs smoothly and transparently. Yes, you still have to wait quite a while due to the sheer volume of applications being processed, but I can’t really fault the civil servants at this office.

  • Roland

    Please gents, apply Indonesian bureaucracy logic – the password is not given to underlings because the real work for such permits is probably around 10 minutes of feeding data into some database. Now of course, whoever holds the password wants some extra “appreciation” to be paid to him to actually do whatever this agency is meant to do – otherwise the application end ALWAYS at the bottom of the pile. This is common practice at many government agencies – pay the “extra” and your application (or whatever paperwork is needed) will be done in time, however – don’t pay and you’ll wait forever (or, until you need it so urgently that you will pay for it the extra).
    Now, of course the agency head will not give out of free will the password to his employees because it would destroy his money-making scheme instantly.
    And, indeed he should be fired instantly and released from his civil servant status so there’s no chance that he will receive any benefit packages which come with the job…that would give a lesson.