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Jakarta Post

Political overhaul would usher in more young politicians with integrity

  • Wijayanto


Jakarta   /   Sun, November 3, 2019   /  11:35 am
Political overhaul would usher in more young politicians with integrity The freshly inaugurated lawmakers during a plenary session the House of Representatives building in Central Jakarta on Oct. 1. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

Our history shows how young people have played an important role since the national awakening movement, notably through the Youth Pledge of Oct. 28, 1928, which issued recognition of the archipelago’s disparate people, cultures and languages as “Indonesian”.  Their movement is portrayed among others in the work of Benedict Anderson's Java in a Time of Revolution and Pramoedya Ananta Toer's Earth of Mankind tetralogy. However, how important has the role of youths been in our politics 91 years after the Youth Pledge?  Despite all that glorious history,  the role of the young generation in formal political institutions such as the House of Representatives is still poor.   First, the data shows that young politicians who qualify as the people's representatives experienced a decline in the 2019 general elections. There are only 7...

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