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DPR, politicians comment on new capital development forecast after IKN head resigns

Tempo - June 5, 2024
Rachel Farahdiba R, Riri Rahayu, Sultan Abdurrahman, Ricky Juliansyah, Jakarta – Minister of State Secretary Pratikno announced the resignation of IKN Authority (OIKN) chief Bambang Susantono and his deputy Dhony Rahajoe on June 3. Pratikno said President Joko Widodo, or Jokowi, had signed the letter of honor and thanked Bambang and Doni for their services.

"The president appointed PUPR Minister Basuki Hadimuljono as the acting head of Otorita IKN and ATR Deputy Minister Raja Juli Antoni as the acting deputy head of the IKN agency," Pratikno said on Monday. He did not disclose the reason for the resignation of the two OIKN officials.

DPR members and politicians have commented on the continuation of the construction of the new capital after the resignation of Bambang and Doni.

House Speaker

DPR Speaker Puan Maharani suggested that the Jokowi administration talk to President-elect Prabowo Subianto to determine a replacement for Bambang and Dhony. Puan hopes that the resignation of Bambang and Dhony will not hinder OIKN's work. She also stressed the need for the government to be transparent about the reasons for Bambang and Dhony's resignation. "This way, investors will not be further disinterested in IKN, and the implementation of IKN can proceed according to the government's goals," Puan said on June 4.

DPR Commission II member

Guspardi Gaus, member of DPR's Commission II, shared Puan's sentiments and said that the appointment of a permanent head and deputy head of OIKN is a necessary strategy to maintain investor confidence. The PAN politician said that the head and deputy head of OIKN are the main figures in the development process of the new capital. He hopes that the President, using the existing mechanisms, will be able to appoint candidates with high skills in managing IKN and the ability to present new innovations to attract investors to the project.

Chairman of the PKB DPP

When discussing the resignations of Bambang and Dhony, PKB DPP chairman Daniel Johan noted how ambitious the government's goals were for the IKN project. He said that he did not know the reason for the resignation of the chairman and deputy chairman of OIKN, but mentioned that there were many problems that OIKN had to face in working on the new capital project, in addition to meeting the targets.

"We have heard that many salaries have not been reduced, we have heard of protests from indigenous peoples that have recently become louder, in addition to very large demands, sometimes beyond our imagination," Daniel said.

PDIP General Secretary Hasto Kristiyanto

PDIP Secretary General Hasto Kristiyanto sees the resignation of the OIKN officials as a form of poor development planning. "And this is very unfortunate because August 17 is just around the corner," Hasto said on June 3.

Hasto was highly critical of the Jokowi government for rushing to speed up development while overlooking other aspects. He admitted that he was not surprised by the current state of the IKN project. The reason is that everything in IKN seems to be directed from the center, which means it has to be done, but there is no room for planning.

Source: https://en.tempo.co/read/1876248/dpr-politicians-comment-on-new-capital-development-forecast-after-ikn-head-resign