Cabinet is a term used to refer to a group of people who are selected to become members of the government and are responsible for making important decisions related to government and state policy. The term "cabinet" comes from the old French word, "cabinet du roi," which literally means "the king's wardrobe."
In the past, in several European countries, such as France and England, cabinet members often met in a small room called a "cabinet," which was used to store important documents and files. In this room, the country's top officials gather to discuss governmental matters and make decisions that will affect the country.
Over time, the term "cabinet" came to be used more broadly to refer to groups of government officials who met to discuss policy and make decisions. The cabinet is usually headed by a head of government, such as the president or prime minister, and consists of ministers in charge of various departments or portfolios of government, such as finance, foreign affairs, defense, and so on.
In the Indonesian context, "cabinet" also refers to a group of government officials selected by the president to assist in carrying out governmental tasks and making decisions related to state policy.
What do the British call a cabinet?
The British also use the term "cabinet" to refer to the group of government officials who are responsible for making important decisions regarding government and state policy. In the British system of government, the cabinet is the highest executive organ headed by the Prime Minister.
In England, "cabinet" is often referred to as "Cabinet" with a capital letter to emphasize its importance as the primary government decision-making group. Cabinet consists of senior ministers selected by the Prime Minister from members of Parliament. They oversee various government departments and portfolios, such as finance, domestic, foreign, defense, and others.
The Cabinet in England meets regularly to discuss important issues, plan policies and make collective decisions that will affect the country. Decisions taken in the Cabinet are then carried out by members of the government and related departments.
As in other countries, including Indonesia, the term "cabinet" in England refers to a group of government officials who form the core of the government and are responsible for making strategic decisions.