Monday, March 6, 2017

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo Political Game


I've written here that the popularity of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo was declining in the country. It happened in the early days of his leadership. The most important factor was caused due to his regime policy issuance. The decision to remove fossil fuel subsidies could cause turmoil in society.

Joko "Jokowi" Widodo regime argued that subsidies to fossil fuel would be used to finance other communities lifelyhoods. So, it was diverted to more important needs and not for mere consumer affairs. Indeed, the term "consumer" on using fossil fuel was problematic as well. Was the transportation of essential goods by land, sea and air can be categorized as "consumptive" ?. Okay, let's leave this discussion beforehand, just assume that the consumption of fossil fuel was consumptive purposes.

People then had forgotten the problem of this rising fossil fuel prices. Though it had been a massive demonstration to oppose it. Demonstration against fossil fuel price hike was not only done by opponents of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, but many of them were originally a supporter of the new regime as well.

Amid the political upheaval that happened, it turns out the seventh President of the Republic of Indonesia who was born on June 21, 1961 was seriously carry out his campaign promises. People will remember the promises of skinny body ambitious president to build adequate infrastructure. One thing that was overlooked by his predecessors. Social justice, which maybe formed by equally price of goods in all regions originally was built on the ease of transportation and distribution. That will not happen without an adequate infrastructure of roads, ports and airports.

Building the country, was not enough with good intentions and execute it. Political forces in society also plays a role. Whether it's positive role to build Indonesia more advanced, or the desire for power. Most importantly, we who controlled the country and lead this country, so probably conceived in the minds of the political elite. This makes political stability are indispensable when regime Joko "Jokowi" Widodo wants to realize his ambition.

And Jokowi proved to be a quick learner. Let "the weak" Novanto became Chairman of the Board of Representatives is the proof. Novanto indeed face problems himself. The case arose when Novanto asked for shares to an international company that manages mining in Papua, PT Freeport Indonesia, amounting to eleven percent. This case smelled by the public and the news spread everywhere. How dare, Novanto profiteer president's name. Where possible Novanto be fiercely against the regime of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo ?. Whether the case in question, it will had shattered his life.

With this way, the "interference" of the House of Representatives of continuity in the administration of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo can be anticipated.


photograph by Iwan J Prasetyo

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