Merdeka.com – President Joko Widodo or Jokowi claimed not to have thought of appointing a deputy minister of education and culture (Wamendikbud) and deputy minister of research and technology. The reason is, Jokowi said there has been no request from the relevant ministers.
"Not yet. Until today, I haven't thought about it. The minister hasn't asked (appointed deputy minister)," Jokowi said when talking to reporters at the Merdeka Palace Jakarta, Monday (2/11).
Jokowi himself has issued Presidential Regulation (Perpres) No. 72 of 2019 which regulates the matter of deputy minister position. The Minister of Education and Culture himself is currently held by Nadiem Makarim. Meanwhile, the Minister of Research and Technology was held by Bambang Brodjonegoro.
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Deputy Minister Mustn't Be Filled
Although Jokowi has issued the regulation, Minister of State Secretary Pratikno explained that the position of deputy minister did not have to be filled. According to him, Jokowi will see the development of the ministers first before appointing a deputy minister.
"So that's an organizational regulation, isn't it? TNI there is a Deputy Commander, it doesn't mean there must be. But if there is already a presidential decree, the container already exists. We will see developments, "Pratikno said.
He stated that until now there were no names that would be appointed deputy ministers again.
"No, it's not necessarily filled in, names," Pratikno said.