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Jakarta Post

Dealing with antidemocratic voices

  • Pranoto Iskandar
    Pranoto Iskandar

    Founding editor of the Indonesian Journal of International & Comparative Law

Cianjur   /   Wed, March 28, 2018   /  10:20 am
Dealing with antidemocratic voices Democracy under threat: Demonstrators protest at the Constitutional Court in Jakarta against the implementation of the Legislative Insitutions ( MD3 ) Law. The protesters claimed the law undermined democracy. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Democracy is to be earned, rather than given. For Indonesia, this statement is self-evident. The transition from the chaotic Old Order to the militaristic New Order and, then to the period of Reformasi (Reformation) required a great amount of sacrifice in “blood, toil, tears and sweat”. Unfortunately, Indonesia has forgotten the high price that it has had to pay to get to where it is now. Today’s political strategy of infusing more conservative values into the Criminal Code (KUHP) is just another case in point. The emblematic case is the successful bid of Anies Baswedan, a former Muslim intellectual, to be elected Jakarta’s number-one politician by turning into a gung-ho populist.

In this mold, the fact that secular nationalist politician Ichsan Soelistio of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) recently confirmed that the co...

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