Sunday, November 16, 2014

Joko "Jokowi" Widodo As A President

The people of Indonesia having a new round of governmental era. Election for presidentship held in July 2014 has been completed. Based on the choice of the people of Indonesia, then Joko “Jokowi” Widodo admired the office of President of the Republic of Indonesia for a period of 2014 to 2019. Joko “Jokowi” Widodo collaborates with his partner M. Jusuf Kalla as a Vice President.

On the presidential election recently, Jokowi-M. Jusuf Kalla had fought with Prabowo Subianto-Hatta Rajasa as candidates for President and Vice President of the others side. Jokowi-M. Jusuf Kalla won the presidential election by a vote of 53.15% compared with 46.85% of votes obtained by other candidates Prabowo Subianto-Hatta Rajasa.

The role of the former president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, in this presidential election this year is very slick and deserved for awardness. He kept the democratic processes occured at the end of his reign took place smoothly and safely. He took a neutral position and allow the people to choose his successor in accordance with his conscience respectively.

Lots of drama had been happened during this year’s presidential election. The dramas was going on before the candidates nomintate themselves till the presidential election was over. Negative campaign, even black campaign to the opposite conducted by highly structured and massive. The supporters of the both sides tried to drop the image of another nominee and even the reputation of their competitors. This was particularly could be seen in the social medias.

Occasionally, turmoil in the civil society of Indonesia because of the statements from both sides of the political elite. And of course it became controversy. One thing I remember is a statement of one of the political elite who equate this fight of presidency this year became as the Battle of Badr. Of course, the public hardly reacted to this statement. Finally, the statement is rectified as “the spirit of the Battle of Badr” and not “The Battle of Badr” itself. Speaking frankly the writer is still less understood the difference between them.

Maybe the most hard reaction came from the educator of Tebuireng Islamic Boarding School on Jombang, KH Shalahuddin Wahid. He stated that it is not appropriate to analogize the presidential election that was an usual election at this democratic era with The Battle of Badr which took place at the time of the Prophet Muhammad which was a holy war. Of course this presidential election is not a holy war.

Not least was Khofifah Indar Parawansa which at that time was the spokeswoman of Jokowi -M Jusuf Kalla side who reacted hard. She is the chairwoman of Muslimat NU, and surely understand a lot of things in the matter of Islamic religion. For her, using the term “war” brought a typical interpretation for the community. Moreover, according to her, around sixty-eight percent of the people of Indonesia have not been graduated from junior high school. The use of the term “war” could lead to horizontal conflict that could been occured in the community. And it is really not necessary.

Currently, Khofifah Indar Parawansa has serving as Minister of Social Affairs on the government of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Vice President M. Jusuf Kalla. There are eight female ministers in this government, and the most intererests public attention is Susi Pudjiastuti who served as Minister of Marine and Fisheries. Susi Pudjiastuti is a successful businesswoman who started her business by becoming fish collectors and fish tradeswoman on Pangandaran, West Java. She did not finish her senior high school education in Yogyakarta. Susi Pudjiastuti designation as Minister of Marine and Fisheries by President Jokowi must have gone through a fairly mature consideration. The writer becomes one of the fans of this lady.

Frenetic Indonesia’s presidential election was over. It’s the time for the new government together hand in hand with the civil society to cooperate in building the Republic of Indonesia onto a better and better direction of developing. Many problems have been faced by our nation. Let us together go hand in hand to organize ourselves as a nation to have a better governance and a more cultured society that Indonesian people can meet more hopeful on their life.

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