Covid-19 has made confusing situation all over the world, including Indonesia. Responding to this, the government takes action by issuing several policies to overcome the effects arising from the coronavirus.
Public Policy Observer from the PH&H Public Policy Interest, Agus Pambagio, said that there are still some problems with public policy managed by the government in dealing with Covid-19. For instance, from the legal aspect, there are still regulations that clash with other level regulations.
“Besides, there are many circulars also appear that is not from a legal law product. Therefore, it makes the public more difficult to ensure public and make them implement it because it is only a kind of internal information,” he said in the Book Review: Covid-19 Countermeasure Policy which took place online on Thursday (7/30).
In the event organized by the Masters and Doctoral Study Program of UGM Policy and Leadership Innovation, Agus said that the government also encountered data accuracy. He gave an example up to now there are still many differences in data from the government, IDI, and local governments related to Covid-19 along with differences in data classification with WHO linked PDP and ODP and chaotic social assistance data.
Agus considered that the current public policy needs to prioritize the sectoral egos of each institution still. For example, between the ministry of transportation and the task force on homecoming transportation, the ministry of transportation with the Jakarta administration in KRL operations and others.
Not only that, but the policies exerted are also seen as ineffective. Agus mentioned that in the case of pre-work cards, the designation of digital platforms and content providers sometimes are not transparent. Another example is the PSBB versus lockdown policy which has confused community.
“This book also reviewed other many things that confuse the public. It aims to remind policymakers if there are still problems at this time,” Agus said.
Another public policy observer from PH&H Public Policy Interest, Edie Haryoto, said that the government also needs to have a fast response of public policy in the emergency period of the spread of Covid-19. Also, the public needs to know the data transparency and policies acknowledgement.
“The current policy that occurs shows a slow response and unclear, ineffective and confusing data transparency, “he said.
According to him, the policies issued must also be comprehensive and independent. Besides, communication and stimulus are useful in forming a public trust to government.
While the Head of the Master of Study Program and Doctor of UGM Leadership and Policy Innovation, Prof. Muhadjir Darwin, said that Covid-19 is a new health problem for all countries. Every country in the world has its own innovation according to their particular policies in encountering coronavirus, including Indonesia.
“The issue of innovation is dexterity about attitude,” he said.
In policy innovation related to handling Covid-19 in the country, Muhadjir said the government was still lacking in broadcasting existing policies to suppress the spread of Covid-19.
“What about government policies, health procedures to break the Covid-19 chain so that the community behaves according to the recommendations, it seems the government needs to be more extra on defining this,” he said.
Professor of the Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) UGM, Prof. Wihana Kirana Jaya, said that Indonesia’s policy was not yet complete. It is an incomplete policy.
“The policy is that the formal rules of the game and also it is necessary to have intact informal enforcement,” he explained.
Translator: Natasa A