The Jakarta Post
The first 2019 presidential debate between candidate pairs Joko “Jokowi” Widodo-Ma’ruf Amin and Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno kicked off on Thursday, with the rival camps expected to present their views on the issues of law, human rights, corruption and terrorism.
In the opening statement, which was the first segment of the debate before it officially started, Jokowi and Prabowo took turns to present their own camp’s visions related to the topics of the debate.
Jokowi presented the vision of his camp titled Indonesia Maju (Indonesia Progresses), saying that the vision was aimed at developing Indonesia into a modern country through the law and human rights approach, which would not only advance people’s civil and political rights but also fulfill their economic, culture and social rights.
The incumbent, who promised in his 2014 presidential election campaign that his administration would be more engaged in solving long past human rights cases, acknowledged in his speech that resolving past atrocities was not easy in the process because of the cases themselves and legal complexities.
“However, we are still committed to resolving past human rights abuses and to be able to do so, the government must be supported by a fair legal system,” Jokowi said, adding that his vision was also to continue legal reforms.
It would require firm law enforcement to eradicate corruption, Jokowi said, and that he aimed to strengthen the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and its cooperation with other institutions, including the police and the Attorney General’s Office (AGO).
In presenting his vision of Indonesia Menang (Indonesia Triumphs), he said he aimed to strengthen law enforcement institutions, including the judiciary, the AGO and the police, and ensured their integrity to eradicate corruption and improve law enforcement and human rights protection.
The presidential contender said he would address the root cause of corruption within state institutions, namely by increasing the incomes of officials in law enforcement institutions to prevent corrupt practices.
“We must increase the income of court justices, prosecutors and officers so that they will not be tempted [to engage in corruption] and to do that we must have the upper hand with the sources of economy in Indonesia,” Prabowo said.