By N Mark Castro
As the country awaits the much-need cabinet reshuffle, let’s look at some of the controversial statements of our beloved public servants.
Let’s start with the very wealthy Minister of Trade Rachmat Gobel who, prior to his appointment, was the local partner and franchise owner of PT. Panasonic Gobel. According to reports, he would divest himself from ownership.
So far, so good.
During the earlier part of his appointment, Rachmat revealed that the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Transportation should be governed by the Ministry of Industry. With the unification, according to him, progress in Indonesia can be guaranteed.
That’s how gung-ho he was. He wasn’t satisfied with one Ministry, he wanted two more.
Now, Ministers are supposed to be the representative of the president. They can engage and debate the president, argue each issue, but they are there to convey the message of the president, not theirs. They are there to stand for the president who could not be in all places at the same time.
Which brings the controversy about Minister Gobel quite, how shall we say it, peculiar. Read the rest of this entry