Jokowi’s “Blusukan” Cost

A lot of media nowadays makes an extra view of this topic. “Blusukan” which we can say as “surveying to the field,” the system that Jakarta’s governor does to know direct situation for many problems in Jakarta town.

This is not a new thing in leadership and managing the town problem. In early era of Indonesia independent, our first President, Ir. Soekarno had always done this way to find the true problem in many cities and take a direct solution. Also, many governor or town major nowadays do this way. But, it looks different with Jokowi. He has his own unique way in his “blusukan.”

This leader does attract directly to the people and ask for what they want just like a friend. Different with many other leaders who are very exclusive and untouchable by people, Jokowi shows himself as “a usual person” same as them. This makes many people love him and like his leadership way. Sometimes he also does a strange thing in his “Blusukan” activity. He doesn’t fear to go down to the dirty ditch to know the actual condition. He walks on a flood area casually and don’t think about the dirt he will get.

But nowadays many people should think again for this action. Because first, “Jokowi” should also take care of his condition and health. This action always take long time and extra energy. He is the number one person in Jakarta and the most important figure now. If he get trouble in his health problem, this will make problem to the city too. Second, about the effectiveness of this program, whether this program can make a good solution too for the problem which he always see directly. One social institution which critics to this program is “LSM Fitra.” They think this program is profligate. This program cost about 26,6 billion rupiahs.

Different comment came from vice governor, “Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, Ahok.” He said that this critic is behind the political interest. He said this is just an excessive view which wants to against Jokowi’s electability in 2014 election although we don’t know whether Jokowi really want to join 2014 election or don’t.

Despite from this program which always be done by governor himself, also full with many staffs and guard. This program really attracts public crowd who want to see “Jokowi.” And this condition sometimes becomes non effective. This program yes truly can cost lot money to do. So, we can just make this program more effective with a simple web surveying system. Governor can ask his staff in government area to attend many areas which have the problems and make a full report for him. Or governor can hire a independent corporation to do the surveying regularly. And for governor himself, he don’t really need to go around all the time to see the situation or problem. If the problem is really needed to viewed by him, that way he must go.

This is a good program to do. But, the effectiveness should be viewed again indeed. How to know the true problem is to view it directly with eyes. But, should this good program cost so much money which truly can be shared to other sectors which more need it? Let us think again.

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