"I took this tough decision because I did not want the polemic regarding the various assumptions / public perceptions about my position as the President's Special Staff to be prolonged, which could result in a split in the concentration of the President and all levels of government in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic problem," wrote Adamas Belva Devara via his Instagram account @belvadevara on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.
Belva's decision to resign from the position of the President's Special Staff was taken after two days before he tried to clarify the polemic about the involvement of the Skill Academy as a provider of learning materials for the Pre-Employment Card program. The clarification that he conveyed via the @AdamasBelva Twitter thread denied allegations by several parties that the choice of Skill Academy could not be separated from Belva's position as Ruangguru's former Chief Executive Officer.
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Open letter from Belva Devara, CEO of Ruangguru Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakaatuh. Greetings to all of us. Hopefully during this pandemic we will be given health and strength from Allah the Most Merciful. Here I submit information regarding my resignation as the President's Special Staff. I have submitted this resignation in the form of a letter to the President, dated April 15, 2020, and submitted directly to the President on April 17, 2020. As explained by the Coordinating Ministry for the Economy and Management of Implementing the Pre-Employment Card (PMO), all verification processes The pre-work card partners have run according to applicable regulations, and there is no involvement that creates a conflict of interest. Class selection is also carried out directly by participants who hold the Pre-employment Card. However, I made this tough decision because I did not want the polemic about the varying assumptions / perceptions of the public about my position as the President's Special Staff to be prolonged, which could result in a split in the concentration of the President. and all levels of government in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. I thank President Joko Widodo for understanding and accepting my resignation. Even though it was brief, I really got a lot of experience and lessons from my job as a Presidential Staff. I really feel the spirit of President Jokowi in building the nation in an effective, efficient and transparent manner. So that wherever I am, in whatever position I work, I am committed to supporting the President and the Government to advance the Republic of Indonesia. With this, I also want to explain that I cannot respond to media questions in the last few days because I want to focus on resolving this matter first. Thank you to friends who have respected and appreciated my decision. Hopefully we can all get out of this severe pandemic soon . Wassalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakaatuh. Belva Devara
Skill Academy is a product of PT Ruang Raya Indonesia or known as Ruangguru, a technology company that focuses on education-based services. In the document of the Directorate General of General Legal Administration, Ministry of Law and Human Rights accessed on April 16, 2020, the name Adamas Belva Syah Devara was recorded as the President Director.
A familiar name is also found on PT Tokopedia, which houses Tokopedia, an online trading site that distributes pre-employment card learning materials. The Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Wisnutama Kusubandio is listed as a commissioner in the certificate of notification of changes to the company Tokopedia dated December 26, 2019.
The KJI team tried to confirm this position to Wishnutama via WhatsApp messages and official letters. However, both of them were unrequited. Likewise with the phone call that was last made on Friday, May 29, 2020.
Tokopedia's VP of Corporate Communications, Nuraini Razak, said Wishnutama had resigned from this position before being appointed as minister by President Joko Widodo.
"Mr Wishnutama has served as a Commissioner at Tokopedia, but Mr Wishnutama has resigned on October 21, 2019," he told the Investigative Journalist Club (KJI) team on Thursday, May 28, 2020.
KJI is a collection of several media including, Jaring.id, Tempo, Suara.com, and Alinea.id.
Indonesia Corruption Watch researcher Wana Alamsyah stated that companies proven to have exercised their influence so that they were selected as partners for the Pre-Employment Card could be charged under Law Number 30 of 2014 concerning Government Administration, particularly article 42.
"When the government cooperates with private companies, it must maintain a distance," said Wana on Monday, June 1, 2020.
Wana added that the alleged involvement of the palace circumference in the pre-employment card also occurred on vokraf.com. This online education platform, which is under the banner of PT Collaboration Education Nusantara, was founded by Fina Silmi Febriyani, who once served as the Jokowi-Ma'ruf Amin campaign team.
Based on the Linkedin page accessed by the KJI team on Sunday, May 31, 2020, Fina Silmi Febriyani said that she was the Chief Executive Officer of Vokraf. He was economical when he was confirmed by the KJI Team.
"I'm not open to be interviewed. Maybe another time, sorry and thank you, ”said Fina via WhatsApp message, Thursday, May 14, 2020.
Director of the Communication Bureau for the Panji Pre-employment Card Program, Winanteya Ruky, did not want to respond to the influence of the palace in the selection of several institutions as partners for the pre-employment card. He accused back that the ICW findings were only inaccurate reviews.
"For someone's opinion, I can't comment. There are so many opinions, maybe it is necessary to also ask the instructors and training institutions concerned, "said Panji.
He also denied that there was a conflict of interest in the pre-employment card program. Panji emphasized that there is no institution related to the palace.
"So far, only opinions," said Panji.
Vocraf is a new name in the online learning platform universe. Search by using who.is shows that the vokraf.com domain was only registered on September 18, 2019. Even though it's not that long, Grand Launching The Vocraf which was held on Friday, February 28, 2020 was also attended by Minister of Manpower Ida Fauziyah and Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Wishnutama Kusubandio.
In the pre-employment card program, Vokraf offers five trainings namely digital strategist, 3D animator, copywriter, YouTube content creator, and graphic designer. Everything is offered on the Sisnaker platform managed by the Ministry of Manpower.
The Amithya Institute has also become a new name by participating in producing and distributing pre-employment card learning materials. This institution was inaugurated on Monday, 9 March 2020 or only 11 days before the launch of the Pre-Work Card program. Currently, Golongan Karya Party politician, Rucita Permatasari is the Chief Executive Officer of the Amithya Institute.
In amithyainstitute.com which is the official website of the Amithya Institute, it is stated that this institution offers three online materials namely front office, food and beverage service and housekeeping. Search by using who.is found that the site was only registered on December 16, 2019.
Similar search results found that pijarmahir.id, a digital learning and certification platform under the banner of PT Telkom Indonesia (Persero) Tbk, was only registered in February 2020, or a month before the launch and signing of the collaboration with the Pre-Work Card program management which was carried out on March 20. 2020.
Amithya Institute CEO Rucita Pematasari and Assistant Vice President for External Communications of PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Persero) Tbk Panji Pramono did not ignore the KJI Team's confirmation efforts. Messages sent via WhatsApp or official letters sent unrequited until Sunday, May 31, 2020.
The construction of the site that has not been carried out for a long time and the alleged inexperience of several institutions that are pre-employment card partners has made ICW doubt their quality. ICW researcher Wana Alamsyah considers this to be contrary to article 2 of the Presidential Regulation of the Republic of Indonesia Number 36 of 2020 concerning Work Competency Development through the Pre-Employment Card Program which states that the purpose of the pre-employment card program is to develop the competence of the workforce; and increase the productivity and competitiveness of the workforce.
"How can the government achieve these goals if the training institutions that organize the training are still questioning their experience and ability in providing training," said Wana.
Eka Simanjuntak, a researcher on employment training policies and Executive Director of the Nusantara Sejati Foundation, asked that the implementation of the pre-employment card program be postponed until the problems are resolved. According to him, the government can use Article 23 of the Regulation of the Minister of Manpower of the Republic of Indonesia Number 34 of 2016 concerning the Accreditation of Training Institutions as a reference for accepting training institutions or partners when contributing to the pre-employment program.
The regulation states that training institutions must be accredited by the Ministry of Manpower through the Indonesian Training Quality Framework (KMPI). There are eight guidelines in assessing job competence, curriculum and syllabi, job training materials, job training assessments, training personnel, job training infrastructure, LPK and financial governance.
"If there are people who have no training experience and are then sold, this creates a danger," he said.
The government partners and executing management who are tasked with curators and supervisors, continued Eka, should not rush to select training institutions. The wrong choice of fake institutions can emerge.
"I suspect, the people in the (card program) pre-employment apart from rushing them do not understand how to be competent," said Eka. (KJI Team)