JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – President Joko Widodo bring his family to visit work to Turkey and Germany. Not only the First Lady Iriana, Jokowi also brought her three children, namely Gibran Rakabuming, Kahiyang Ayu, and Kaesang Pangarep.
The daughter-in-law of Jokowi, who is the wife of Gibran, Selvi Ananda, also took part in the group. So are the children of Gibran and Selvi, Ethes, who are only one year and four months old.
Deputy Secretary General of Indonesia Forum for Budget Transparency (FITRA) Apung Widadi rate, if Jokowi take his family at state expense, then it is a waste of state budget.
"It's a waste of state finances, contrary to Jokowi's simple image of yesterday, Jokowi's imagery," Apung told Kompas.com on Friday (7/7/2017).
Apung said, it should only be the wife of the President who was brought on a visit abroad. Because, the mother of the State who accompanied the various activities of the Head of State. The other families, such as children, daughters, and grandchildren, did not accompany.
"The President is not able to set an example of simplicity," said Apung.
Executive Director of Voxpol Center Pangi Syarwi Chaniago rate Jokowi not give a good example to the people. In fact, during this time the people were asked to tighten the belt with the removal of fuel oil subsidies to electricity.
"People are getting harder, the cost of living is getting higher, just the belt baseball is applicable to state officials, so it only applies to the small people," said the lecturer of Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University, Jakarta.
Meanwhile, Democratic Party politician Rachland Nashidik quipped Jokowi through his Twitter account. He linked Jokowi and family visits to Germany with a visit a few days earlier, to the Ragunan Zoo.
At that Jokowi only accompanied Iriana, Kahiyang, and Kaesang.
(Also read Cheap Merry, Jokowi Reasons and Family Holidays to Ragunan)"Mr. Jokowi has a unique way of educating the family, Yesterday to Ragunan gorilla watching, Now boyong son-in-law of grandson of state-sponsored grandchildren," wrote Rachlan on his Twitter account @ @ababaja.
"Why Lebaran take the family to Ragunan, Jokowi replied: 'cheap tickets' If you bring a family of travelers with the cost of the country? Ticket is free," Rachland sarcastically.
The Presidential Palace is reluctant to comment on critics who came to Jokowi.
Special Staff of the President of Communication Johan Budi admitted could not comment because he did not participate in the visit to Turkey and Germany.
"I did not come to Germany, asked Mr. Pratikno (Secretary of State) only," said Johan.
A similar response was made by the Chief of Staff of the Presidency of Teten Masduki. He did not want to speak because he did not participate in the group that departed.
"He said will be responded by the team who accompanied there," said Teten.
While Pratikno has not responded to phone calls and short messages.
Jokowi and a large family entourage left for Turkey on the Presidential plane of Indonesia-1 on Wednesday (7/7/2017) at 07.20 WIB from Halim Perdanakusuma Air Force Base Jakarta.
In Turkey, Jokowi to Turkey to avenge the visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who visited Indonesia in 2015. Jokowi also met with businessmen and Indonesian citizens there.
(Read: Departed to Turkey, Jokowi Reply Erdogan Visit)From Turkey, Jokowi and his entourage flew straight to Germany and arrived at Hamburg's Helmut-Schmidt International Airport on Thursday (6/7) evening local time.
In Germany, Jokowi will attend the G-20 countries meeting. In addition to the family, related officials also participated in the group.
Among them are Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Head of BKPM Thomas Lembong.
There are also President Director of Presidential Secretariat Winata Supriatna, Military Secretary of President Marsda TNI Trisno Hendradi, Commander of Major General of TNI (Mar) Suhartono, Secretary General of Protocol and Consular Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Andri Hadi, Private Secretary of President Anggit Noegroho, Special Staff of President Ari Dwipayana and Plt Deputy Protocol, Press, Media and Information Sector Secretariat of President Ari Setiawan.
(Read also: Jokowi meets Erdogan in Ankara, what are they talking about?)