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Jakarta Post

Political parties lack commitment to public services

  • The Jakarta Post


Jakarta   /   Fri, March 27 2009   /  01:43 pm

Despite regional autonomy having been rolled out in Indonesia a decade ago, most political parties contesting the 2009 elections have remained almost silent about improving public services at local level during their campaign rallies. Instead of explaining to their wealth-hungry constituents their strategies to alleviate poverty and improve the local economy, most parties have taken the opportunity to prematurely introduce their presidential candidates or lure support through musical performances. Economic issues have been raised, including the late distribution of direct cash assistance (BLT) for millions of poor families, but most of them have been turned into mere rhetoric among rival major parties. The parties, regardless of popularity and ideology, seem to be avoiding direct discourse about their long-term plans on improving the implementation of regional autonomy, cr...