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Toward fair competition, an end to political dynasty

Jakarta   /   Mon, March 25 2013   /  11:28 am

In the movie Spider-man, there is a stage in Peter Parker’s life where he earns money as a professional wrestler. Using his superpowers, he wins fights against many different types of opponents. Later, Parker realizes that it is not fair for someone with superhuman powers to fight head-to-head against an average person.

There has been a recent renewal of public interest in political dynasties. The 26-year-old regent of Bangkalan, Makmun Ibnu Fuad, is continuing his father’s reign. The mayor of Cimahi was elected to continue her husband’s term of office.

Banten is a prominent example of a family having a strong presence in politics. Governor Ratu Atut Chosiyah’s sister, Ratu Tatu Chasanah, is the deputy regent of Serang, her stepbrother,Tb Haerul Jaman, is the mayor of Serang and her sister in-law, Airin Rachmi Diany, is the regent of South Tangerang. Numerous Bante...