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Jakarta Post

Editorial: A new political breed is born

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Wed, February 3 2010   /  10:34 am

There are many ways to express disagreement or disappointment with the government’s policies and/or achievements. You can write directly to the government or write opinion articles contending the policies in newspapers. You can also organize seminars or discourses to evaluate them. Or, if you consider all those “academic-scientific” approaches are still unable to make changes as expected, you can still organize street protests or rallies in order to make your views heard and heeded by the government – on condition that the protests are non-violent and peacefully held.But what media mogul Surya Paloh and Yogyakarta Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X have done is remarkably recommendable. They initiated a national movement in the form of a mass organization, known as National Democrat (or Nasional Demokrat), in Jakarta on Monday.The movement has immediately drawn mixed responses from obse...