The Democratic Party, under the shadow of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s charisma, which has charmed Indonesians for two terms, is now at a crossroads.
The current scandal with its former treasurer Muhammad Nazaruddin acting as a whistle-blower seems to have determined not only which direction the party will go, but also on which characters the party will be built.
Now that the party executives are regrouping in Sentul, West Java, we will soon know whether the party has done its homework — such as cleaning dirty dishes, washing muddy clothes, repairing the leaking roof, repainting the walls and throwing out the garbage — or if it has left these jobs undone to be forgotten about by the people and the media.
For the party’s leaders, there are many options available. It is absolutely up to them whether they are decent politicians or mere opportunists.