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Text your say: SBY vs Anas

  • The Jakarta Post

| Sat, February 16 2013 | 01:49 pm

Your comments on President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s decision to take over the leadership of the Democratic Party from Anas Urbaningrum to repair the party’s image:

More work is needed to restore the public’s trust since image building is not an overnight process. The public see the party to be badly managed due to the involvement of certain members in graft scandals.

How can a party lead the nation if it cannot cope with its own domestic affairs? A party must admit its mistakes, apologize to the public and put an end to mismanagement.

Astuti Widiati


The elite of the Democratic Party saw the party’s electability sliding down significantly, panicked and could do nothing else but beg SBY to save the party.

The Democratic Party was established by SBY as a vehicle for his successful effort to become President, consequently he is the one who should save the party when it is sinking. SBY arriving from his overseas visit, immediately took over the Dems leadership, perhaps bypassing the party’s constitution and bylaws.

For once he acted very firmly and decisively and I wish that in state matters he would act likewise.

Soebagjo Soetadji

It will definitely be a challenging restoration. The downfall of Anas has been too significant and Yudhoyono doesn’t have an untarnished reputation either.

Hanna Nabila

It’s a bit too late to restore the Democratic Party. The number of golput (non-voters) will grow much larger. No parties will gain anything out of this prolonged accident.

Eddy Arjuna Zainy

Yudhoyono should forget about repairing and restoring the party’s image and popularity. Just repair and restore the party.

E Nurdin

I am so sad to read bad news from Indonesia about corruption. Why does Indonesia not learn from Japan, which has successfully minimized corruption. Look to the east and learn from Japan.

Ali Hidayah

Anas has been fingered by (former treasurer of the Democratic Party) Nazaruddin. It seems that SBY believes him. Why have the KPK not declared Anas a suspect?

Sheldon Archer

Come on, Mr. President. You are the president of the republic of Indonesia, not the Democratic Party. Please don’t only care about your party’s problems. Think harder about the problems that continue to plague the nation, such as the Lapindo mud flow, the Bank Century bailout, high prices for staple foods, etc….


Yudhoyono said that he had recently been guided by God when he was in Mecca and told to “clean up” his party.

So Yudhoyono is back in Jakarta, focusing on saving the party. To Yudhoyono, Indonesia’s problems do not matter as much as his problems.


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