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Insight: With Golkar left flat-footed, SBY gains strategic advantage

  • Wimar Witoelar

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 11 2010   /  09:31 am

In the strange world of Indonesian politics, the challengers are seasoned vote-buyers and defenders are reformers aiming to pull the nation out of endemic corruption and abuses of power. Reasonable people find it difficult to understand the lopsided public opinion.Students who have traditionally taken pride in their courageous stands against the power establishment now unwittingly place themselves on the side of the corrupt business elite. Special-interest politics has again found a willing host in the Golkar Party. Politicians cynically identify themselves as the voice of the people, as they serve the Golkar Party chairman. An illogical leader of people politics, the fourth-richest man in Indonesia has multiplied his business fortune five times in five years as a Cabinet minister. Many are grateful that SBY has had the political courage to politely brush aside coordinating minister Abur...