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Jakarta Post

Junior candidates try to come out from parents’ shadows

  • Fachrul Sidiq

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 10, 2019   /  04:34 pm
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Twenty-two-year-old Davin Kirana (right), the son of Lion Air co-founder and Indonesian Ambassador to Malaysia Rusdi Kirana, is running for a seat in the House of Representatives with the NasDem Party, which is chaired by media magnate Surya Paloh (left). (

The apple indeed never falls far from the tree. This old adage rings true in politics as the footprints of some senior politicians in Indonesia are being followed by their children.   Puteri Anetta Komarudin, for instance, is now running for a seat in the House of Representatives in an attempt to continue the legacy inherited by his father, a long-time politician and former house speaker Ade Komarudin.  Both were with Golkar, a ruling party during the New Order era, which helped Komarudin senior secure a seat five successive times. The 25-year-old Purwakarta, West Java native left her three-year job in the Financial Services Authority (OJK) to pursue a career in politics.  “I feel this is a call for me to help residents in my constituency,” she said on Saturday, referring to her electoral district, which covers Purwakarta, Karawang and Bekasi rege...