ASEAN/APEC LEAD JACOB GEORGE – KUDOS TO INDONESIA FOR LAYING OFF DEAD WOOD CIVIL SERVANTS!

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“Will this brave act be imitated by others in ASEAN especially governments having an obese huge number of under worked and over-filled civil servants who were lazy, incompetent, not professional and a burden to the national coffers?

Where there is so much duplication and far too many headcounts doing absolutely no job nor adding value to competency and professionalism!”

ASEAN/APEC LEAD JACOB GEORGE – KUDOS TO INDONESIA FOR LAYING OFF DEAD WOOD CIVIL SERVANTS!

This is remarkable indeed!

A very brave and progressive step by a progressive looking government of a nation with over 260 million people!

Yes, the reports are gaining momentum that the Indonesian Government is planning to lay off a million civil servants in an effort to rationalize manpower needed to run the country.

The claims was made by Indonesia’s Minister of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform, Yuddy Chrisnandi, as saying that with the retrenchment exercise, the government aimed to have a total of 3.5 million civil servants by 2019.

Reports today indicate that Indonesia currently has 4.517 million civil servants employed by the central and local governments.
And yes strategically this process will be done in stages.

The said Minister went on to say that:

“The ratio of civil servants (to population) is still high at 1.7%. Therefore, in the next few years we will reduce it to 1.5%, or more than one million civil servants will be let go,” he reiterated!

What encouraged political and economic analyst which includes me was his statement that in 2019, there will be 520,000 civil servants who would be retiring, and the government would only hire to fill half of those vacancies, and they would be selected from among the best performing candidates.

It is encouraging that they are going for quality, meritocracy and professionalism as they move forward!

Interestingly, also that, the competency level of civil servants would also be increased with the recruitment of more individuals with Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate degrees.

The introduced process is to create an atmosphere of greater competitiveness.

Interestingly those who were going to be laid off were those who have failed to improve their performance, below par or were problematic.

And in all fairness those laid off would be given appropriate compensation in accordance with the law, and based on their qualifications.

Will this brave act be imitated by others in ASEAN, especially governments having an obese huge number of under worked and over-filled civil servants who were lazy, incompetent, not professional and a burden to the national coffers?

Where there is so much duplication and far too many headcounts doing absolutely no job nor adding value to competency and professionalism!

We will have to wait and see as new economic challengers emerge in the region!

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