Public Backlash Against Dual Positions
Despite the controversy, we appreciate Ari Kuncoro’s decision on Wednesday (21/7) to resign from his position as deputy president commissioner of BRI.
Since Tuesday (20/7/2021) the country’s people have upset due to a change in the statute of the University of Indonesia (UI). The change legalizes the university rector holding a second job, which was originally prohibited.
The UI statute, according to Government Regulation (PP) No. 68/2013, prohibits its rector from holding a concurrent position, including at state-owned enterprises (SOEs). On 2 July 2021, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo issued PP No. 75/2021, which replaces the previous regulation so that an UI rector can hold a position at an SOE. The new regulation legalizes a second job for Prof. Dr. Ari Kuncoro, who has served as UI rector since December 2019, as the deputy president commissioner of Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI).