Jakarta, CNN Indonesia —
Minister of Defense of Indonesia Prabowo Subianto said that Indonesia should be able to introspect and improve the bureaucratic system in a number of sectors, which he said are quite complex.
He made the criticism while speaking at an open senate meeting for the 2024 graduation of the Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral programs of the University of Defense (Unhang).
“We have to correct ourselves. Our country sometimes has a bureaucracy that begs for mercy,” Prabowo said in a video broadcast on the Indonesian Defense Ministry’s YouTube channel on Monday (February 2).
Prabowo did not specifically mention which sector or ministry/institution’s bureaucracy he was referring to. Prabowo initially discussed only the revolution in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
However, he said, Indonesia needs to admit that it is several steps behind developed countries in human resource development in STEM to medicine fields.
“We must have the courage to admit that we are lagging behind. We should not be champions at RW level, we should not be proud champions at RT level, we should not be proud at sub-district level. Not because maybe we didn’t work hard enough,” he said.
At the time, Prabowo also criticized traditions in Indonesia that still depend on the practices of close people or nepotism. He claims he no longer wants the practice to thrive in Indonesia.
He hopes that the merit system will become a tradition that will continue in Indonesia in the future.
“Our habit is to make connections, really, to conspire and so on. ‘Whose child are you, whose nephew are you?’ and so on,” he said.
In addition, Prabowo also cited the example of the University of Defense, which was bold enough to take steps to create four new faculties in the field of STEM. He also reported that the IMU is currently able to graduate 75 doctors. However, he said, this number is still not enough if it is meant to meet the needs of doctors across Indonesia.
Prabowo also believes that one of the solutions to overcome the current shortage of Indonesian doctors is to increase the development of medical faculties (FK) so that they can produce medical personnel. He hopes that Indonesia will be able to build 300 FKs in the future.
“I spoke with the Minister of Health, now we have only 92 FC. The Minister of Health proposed the need for 300 FC. Our country needs an additional 140,000 doctors,” said Prabowo.