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Jakarta Post

RI needs no ‘strongman’

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, December 11 2012   /  10:30 am

A senior minister has stated that the country did not need a strongman president because such a person would tend to prioritize his own interests ahead of people’s needs.

Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Djoko Suyanto added that a dominating leader would see his economic and political policies become isolated from the mainstream of public opinion.

“And what is worse, his policies and aspirations will be irrelevant to the real needs and aspirations of the people,” Djoko said during a public lecture at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore on Monday.

He told the Singaporean officials, politicians, academics and businesspeople attending the lecture that Indonesia needed an effective government, not a strongman leader.

In his lecture, Djoko, who is himself a retired Air Force general, dismissed a number of...