Jakarta, June 21, 2018 (Antara) - Home Affairs Minister Tjahjo Kumolo's decision to install Commissioner General of Police M. Iriawan as West Java acting governor has courted controversy despite the minister's assurance that Iriawan's appointment is in line with existing regulations.
After studying the appointment, the State Secretariat reached a conclusion that it does not violate any laws, so President Joko Widodo issued a decree on the appointment of Iriawan, Jakarta's former police chief, according to Kumolo.
The minister installed Iriawan as the acting governor of West Java Province in Bandung, West Java, on June 18, 2018.
Iriawan, concurrently main secretary of the Indonesian Resilience Institute, succeeded Governor Ahmad Heryawan, whose term of office ended on June 13, 2018.
His inauguration was based on Presidential Decree No 106/P of 2018 on the honorary dismissal of the governor and deputy governor of West Java for the 2013-2018 term of office and the appointment of acting governor of West Java.
The appointment of the Police commissioner general was criticized by Luthfi Andi Mutty, a member of Parliament, who opined that the decision is a violation of the existing regulations.
"Appointing an active police general as the acting governor is a violation of at least three regulations," Mutty noted in a statement.
As per Law No. 3 of 2002 on Indonesian Police, a police officer can hold a position outside the police after resigning from his post.
Law No. 10 of 2016 stipulates that to fill the gubernatorial seat, the government can appoint a civil servant.