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Jakarta Post

Reform agenda unfinished, activists say

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 21 2008   /  10:44 am

Former student activists who took part in the historic rallies of May 1998 have called their struggle for sweeping reforms a disappointment. The former students, some of them having joined major political parties, concluded in a discussion Tuesday that apart from forcing President Soeharto to resign, most of their demands had failed to materialize. Summing up the discussion, former Trisakti University student Dedy Arianto, who chairs the Golkar Party-affiliated Wira Karya Indonesia, said the failure to bring Soeharto and his cronies to justice was the heaviest defeat of the reform movement. "Worse, efforts to eradicate corruption, collusion and nepotism and to uphold the supremacy of law have not been accomplished," said Dedy. Soeharto died last January, with the government having dropped criminal charges against him due to his failing health. Golk...