Home Ministry Reprimands Regional Heads of Their Maneuvers
The Home Minister (Mendagri), Tito Karnavian, issued Home Ministerial Instruction No. 6/2020 on the COVID-19 health protocol enforcement. "It is a follow up on the President of the Republic of Indonesia’s instruction at a closed cabinet meeting on Monday, November 16, 2020, at the Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, which, among other things, highlights the consistency of COVID-19 protocol compliance and prioritizes people’s safety," read the excerpt from the regulation issued on Wednesday (11/18).
Six points of the instruction are as follows:
1). Consistently enforce the COVID-19 health protocol in each area, such as wearing masks, washing hands properly, keeping distance, and avoiding crowds.
2). Take proactive steps to prevent COVID-19 transmission, not just responsive/reactive measures. Preventive measures can be humane, and crowd dispersion shall be used as a last resort.
3). Regional heads as the highest administrative leaders in their respective regions must become role models for the people to comply with the COVID-19 health protocol, including not participating in crowds that potentially violate health protocols.
4). Whereas according to Law No. 23/2014 on the regional administration, regional heads have the following obligations along with sanctions:
- Article 67, letter b, reads: "Regional heads shall obey all statutory provisions".
- Article 78: (1) Regional heads and/or deputy regional heads shall leave the office because: a). dies; b). at his/her own request; or c). dismissed.
- The dismissed regional heads and/or deputy regional heads as referred to in paragraph (1) letter c: a). at the end of his term of office; b). unable to carry out the task continuously or consecutively absent for 6 months; c). having violated the oath/promise as referred to in Article 67 letter b; d). failing to carry out the regional head and deputy regional head obligations referred to in Article 67, letter b; e). committed a disgraceful act; f). assigned by the President to conduct a certain task in a certain position prohibited by the legislation's provisions; g). using false documents and/or information as a requirement as a head/deputy regional head candidate based on evidence from the institution authorized to issue documents; and/or h). being dismissed.
- Based on the instruction in the fourth Dictum, regional heads violating the provisions of laws and regulations may be subject to dismissal sanctions.
- These instructions are effective as of stipulation.