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Text your say: Jokowi for president?

  • The Jakarta Post

| Thu, February 14 2013 | 01:10 pm

Your comments on the survey that said that Jakarta Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo would be more popular potential presidential candidate than older hopefuls like Prabowo Subianto and Megawati Soekarnoputri:

After getting elected as Jakarta governor, Jokowi has made some big breakthroughs which were not made by the previous incumbent.

His idea to relocate the people alongside the rivers to low-cost apartments should be appreciated. The clean, tidy and good image is not solely Jokowi’s responsibility but also that of Jakarta people as well.

Jokowi made big changes especially in cutting unnecessary bureaucracy at government offices.

By looking at all these, our hopes are on his shoulders. It is possible he could become the Indonesian president especially from the aspect of good governance in serving the people and also to increase transparency in government bodies.

Hopefully Jokowi will make Indonesia an example country for the world for good governance in the coming years.

Rudjito Hunneman
Sorowako, South Sulawesi

Whether Jokowi is a suitable presidential candidate must depend on his achievements in Jakarta as governor.

Indonesia does not expect lightning reform. In the case of the governor, it would be better to see how Jokowi fares in Jakarta, instead of promoting him to president before he has has shown his capabilities.

The past decades have given sufficiently bad examples in the Palace. Somebody who excels as governor will not automatically be a good president.

Jorith Arbier

Jokowi has now becomes more popular than Prabowo or Megawati. Therefore, he is a good presidential candidate.

Just look at what Jokowi and Ahok have done. They have tried hard to fix many problems in Jakarta.

It no wonder that the people have been more trusting of Jokowi than other politicians, who have only been clever in making promises.


It is wonderful that a new leader has emerged in Indonesia. However, Jokowi should prove himself first in Jakarta for a few years before becoming a potential candidate for president. Be patient please!


Jokowi has shown us how well he has led Jakarta. In just a few months, he has done many things.

Cirebon, West Java

It looks too soon for Pak Jokowi to shift his focus to the national scene. It’s been only a few months since he was elected as Jakarta governor and nothing concrete has been achieved.

With presidential elections only a year away, Jokowi should do himself and Jakarta world of good, wait his turn and run in 2019.

It is too much for Jokowi to move from Jakarta governor to the presidency in under two years. It will be a move of haste.


Jokowi is the only decent man who has all the needed skills to bring this country to its righteous status. And he has the strength to do it. He’s got my vote.


Jokowi could become a good president for Indonesia because he is a responsible official now.

Masayu Nadya

There has been no leader in Indonesia who cares for the people as Jokowi has. However, he has to find the right running mate, such as Ahok, although a better choice would be a partner from the military. Indonesia still needs more Jokowis and Ahoks to renovate Indonesia.

We are fed up with corrupt bureaucrats who just think of their own parties and bellies.

Bangka Belitung

People despise the options that have been offered. They are willing to embrace any candidate, including “none of the above”.


Jakarta needs Jokowi. Let him serve a full term — and let’s vote for him for president in 2019.



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