An official photograph of Budi Gunawan.

Jokowi Nominates Ex-Megawati Adjutant for Indonesia Police Chief


JANUARY 10, 2015

Jakarta. President Joko Widodo has nominated Comr. Gen. Budi Gunawan to replace Sutarman as chief of Indonesia's police when the latter's term ends in August.

Cabinet Secretary Andi Widjajanto told the Jakarta Globe on Saturday that the president had submitted a letter to the House of Representatives on Friday in which he nominated only Budi for the position.

Budi is the current head of the training division at the National Police. The 55-year-old was born in Solo, Central Java, and has previously served as the chief of provincial police forces in Bali and Jambi — two large forces with distinct priorities and challenges.

“Hopefully [I’m ready]," Budi told the Globe. "I hope for support.”

He declined to comment when asked about being the sole nominee for the post.

An official photograph of Budi Gunawan.

“We have to respect President Jokowi’s decision to nomintate Budi Gunawan as the National Police chief,” said Muradi, head of the political and national security study center at Padjadjaran University.

Muradi said Budi was “a complete figure.”

“He is able to understand more comprehensively the characteristics of the chief of the National Police," Muradi said. "He’s known to be loyal and works professionally within the police organization."

Budi is closely linked to the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) — Joko's political party. He was the former adjutant of party chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri during her term as the country’s president.

Questions were raised about Budi when the Financial Transaction Report and Analysis Center (PPATK) placed him on a red list because of questions about some transactions in his bank account.

In 2010, the National Police investigated the case and confirmed that Budi had no case to answer.

If successful, Budi will have to continue to work to reform an institution that continually polls among Indonesians as the country's most corrupt.