Monday, November 14, 2005

VP Kalla confirms cabinet members mediocre quality

Vice President Jusuf Kalla disclosed that two ministers, Hatta Rajasa (minister for transportation) and MS Kaban (forestry) got the highest score in the cabinet evaluation. "They got B grade," he said as quoted by some newspapers today.
Well, if B is the highest grade, then other ministers must got C and lower grades, right?
Kalla's statement should be a shame on chief economic minister Aburizal Bakrie who claimed an A grade for his performance. In an interview with Tempo magazine and newspaper last week, Bakrie said he deserved a 9 out of 10 score of performance. "If I were the president, I shouldn't be replaced," Bakrie said.
Kalla is the main supporter of Bakrie and the cabinet's economic team. He repeatedly defend the team saying they had performed better than what people think of. While critics said the team is worse than the previous cabinet, Kalla said the team is better.
But his latest statement seems to confirm critics that the economic team has mediocre quality and that the president should reshuffle the whole team. But president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono had confirmed late last week that only one or two ministers would be replaced. The president's statement sparked speculation that he might keep Bakrie in his post and only replace the minister of finance Jusuf Anwar.




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