JAKARTA - Reshuffle issue of Jokowi-JK 'Working Cabinet' came back into force. Many outstanding line-up of ministers to be dismantled in cabinet reshuffle this time. For example, Finance Minister, Sri Mulyani will be plotted to replace Darmin Nasution as Coordinating Minister for the Economy.
In addition, Ignasius Jonan possibly moved to Minister of SOEs to replace Rini Soemarno. And post of Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources will be returned by Arcandra Tahar. But speculation that recently circulated in some media was rebuffed by President Joko Widodo (Jokowi).
"No reshuffle, no today, this week does not exist," said President Jokowi after reviewing Pesona Hill Housing, in Batuampar, Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, Thursday (13/7) as quoted from Setkab.go.id.
When pressed by media crew, whether reshuffle will be done this year, President Jokowi claimed not to know.
"I already said today there is no reshuffle, this week there is no reshuffle," he said.
Previously, Chief Presidential Staff, Teten Masduki said that all ministers and other state officials must be prepared to be reshuffled or replaced anytime.
"All ministers must be ready (to be reshuffled) anytime," Masduki stated, after attending a coordination meeting on malnutrition here, on Wednesday.
Masduki made the remark in response to the rumors in the media on the fourth cabinet reshuffle in the current administration of President Joko Widodo (Jokowi).
"I have no idea about it, and so far, no discussion has been made concerning the reshuffle rumors. The matter is the presidents right," he noted.
Besides stressing that all ministers must always be ready for any reshuffle, Masduki also explained about the focus of accelerating development based on the directives of Jokowi, which covered improvement of the governments performance and of economic growth and stability amid global downturns.
"I do not know when the reshuffle will be carried out, but what I know is that the president continues to push his ministers to perform better. Regarding performance, it is very dynamical because people have high expectation. Moreover, Indonesia has many problems. When one problem is handled here, another one emerges there," the chief presidential staff stated.
Therefore, Masduki revealed that the reshuffle rumors did not disturb the performance of the government. Regardless of thinking when the reshuffle will be carried out, the cabinet ministers must choose to focus on carrying out their respective tasks to develop the nations prosperity.
"No, the ministers do not think about it (reshuffle)," he noted.