Chairperson of Anti-corruption Commission (KPK), Agus Rahardjo, disagreed with the opinion of a member of Parliament to disband the Commission of State Civil Apparatus (KASN) by amending the KASN Law. Agus thought that the disbandment would only aggravate corruption practices in government agencies. “I strongly disagree with the pro-disbandment views, because we really need the KASN,” said Agus Rahardjo to journalists on the sidelines of a discussion themed Amendments of KASN Law, Are They Necessary? at the seminar room of UGM on Tuesday (7/2).
Agus admitted since the issuance of the KASN Law two years ago, there have been no government regulations regulating it. On the other hand, he suggested universities to do an overall evaluation to the KASN law which he saw as still handled by many organisations. An overall evalution, according to Agus, will produce a grand design for better bureaucracy management. “We have to have a comprehensive review on bureaucracy. Making state officials of low cost has to be introduced,” he said.
Dean of Administration Sciences of UI, Prof. Eko Prasodjo, said the emergence of KASN was started on the background to do controlling by merit system, creating professional bureaucracy based on performance and civil servants that enhances state unity. But as a matter of fact, there is still political intervention for assigning strategic ranks in regions. “Political intervention in the bureaucracy make civil servants work not based on performance but for their bosses,” he said,
Eko mentioned the breakdown of a total of 4.4 millions civil servants with 20 percent working in the capital and the majority of 80 percent in regions. Research found that as high as 48 percent do not produce optimum performance. “Only 8.18 percent can be asked to produce high performance,” he said.
On the suggestion to disband the KASN, he raised concerns that it would be difficult to make the bureaucracy professional and competitive at the ASEAN level.