The Jakarta Post
Respected figures expressed concerns on Friday over what they see as escalating multidimensional crises afflicting the country, which they partly blame on President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s “weak” leadership.
There had been growing mistrust between the government and the people, and growing mistrust among the people, Muhammadiyah chairman Din Syamsuddin said.
Former Jakarta governor Sutiyoso lamented the growing individualistic society, while former coordinating minister for the economy Rizal Ramli and People’s Consultative Assembly speaker Taufik Kiemas warned of worsening intolerance.
Poverty, poor law enforcement and “overly liberal” democracy were among major issues that more than 20 opinion leaders pointed out during a discussion titled “Analyzing National Problems and their Solutions”, organized by Muhammadiyah, Indonesia’s second largest Mu...