The members of the ruling coalition also responded to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s second show of disappointment in the performance of his cabinet. This time, they respond in a defensive manner. PKB, for example, argued that the restrictions implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic had made it difficult for the ministers to meet the President’s budget spending target. It’s perhaps a sign that PKB knows its ministers are among those believed to be underperformers.

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