Those who don't perform will be relocated to new capital, warns acting Jakarta governor

JAKARTA: Acting Jakarta governor Heru Budi Hartono (pic) warned on Tuesday (Nov 28) that poorly performing civil servants in the Jakarta provincial administration could be transferred to the new capital Nusantara in East Kalimantan.

“If you don’t work well, by the latest [Civil Servants] Law, I will send you to IKN,” Heru said, as quoted by, referring to the city by its acronym Nusantara Capital City (IKN).

Heru gave a speech at the Toward the Future of Jakarta as a Global City seminar taking place at Taman Ismail Marzuki in Jakarta, where 750 third-echelon officials were in attendance. The seminar focused on the future of Jakarta after losing its status as the nation’s capital.

During the seminar, Heru urged Jakarta employees to perform well, emphasising that the city’s development after its capital status change rested in their hands.

However, Heru assured Jakarta’s civil servants that they should not be upset about a potential transfer to Nusantara, as there were various benefits, including promotion opportunities.

“Two years from now, you can be given a promotion. But you shouldn’t go to the big cities, I’m suggesting you go to [Nusantara],” he said. Heru even expressed his interest in moving to Nusantara himself.

“If I were still young, I would raise my hand. Why? First, to gain experience, then return to Jakarta to get promoted,” he added.

The acting governor then discussed several future opportunities and challenges for Jakarta. He mentioned Jakarta’s plan to become a global city after losing its status as the national capital, positioning itself as the centre of national economic development.

According to Heru, there were several indicators of a global city Jakarta would attempt to meet. These included business activities, security, health, schools, museums, green museums, green open spaces and other related indicators.

Yet Heru said developing Jakarta into a global city could take a long time. Therefore, coordination between various parties was needed to determine the direction of Jakarta after it was no longer the country’s capital.

“Because inevitably, we have to compete with other cities after being the capital city. So here we build enthusiasm so that all layers – investors, the private sector, including those related to the tourism sector and later city agencies – will collect data to be submitted to Kearney,” he said, as quoted by

AT Kearney is one of several foreign consulting firms hired by the central government to provide services in several sectors in building Nusantara. - The Jakarta Post/ANN

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