Communication and Information Technology Minister Johnny G. Plate. (Antara Photo/Wahyu Putro A.)

Big Brother Is Watching Indonesia's Civil Servants


NOVEMBER 12, 2019

Jakarta. The Communication and Information Technology Ministry on Tuesday launched a new website called Aduan ASN where the public can file complaints against civil servants who upload "intolerant, anti-Pancasila, anti-Unitary Republic of Indonesia" content or other content that can cause "the disintegration of the country" on their websites or social media accounts.

This was the result of an agreement reached between 11 related ministries and government agencies – the Religious Affairs Ministry, Education and Culture Ministry, Justice and Human Rights Ministry, Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Ministry, National Intelligence Agency (BIN), National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT), National Civil Service Agency (BKN), Implementation of State Ideology of Pancasila Agency (BPIP) and Commission for State Apparatus (KASN) – to prevent the spread of radical religious ideologies among civil servants.

The new website is part of a new digital infrastructure designed by the Communication and Information Technology Ministry to stop the spread of radicalism, Minister Jhonny G. Plate said.

The minister said complaints made on the Aduan ASN website should be based on facts. They can include links to the offending websites or social media accounts or screenshots of the offending material. 

"[Complaints can be made] not just about radical tendencies but also on any sign of fundamentalism, separatism or terrorism," he said.

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has made preventing the spread of radical religious ideologies among civil servants, staff at state-owned enterprises, the military and the police one of the main priorities of his second-term administration. 

Earlier this month, Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Minister Tjahjo Kumolo banned the staff in his ministry from wearing the niqab, or full-face veil, while on duty.