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Jakarta Post

Jokowi's reformist credentials in question

  • Sita W. Dewi and Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, September 23, 2019   /  08:57 am
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A supporter of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and running mate Ma'ruf Amin uses a Jokowi mask during a massive campaign rally in Jakarta before the 2019 Presidential Election.(Antara/Nova Wahyudi)

With the passing of a law revision that would weaken the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and the imminent passing of a draconian revision to the Criminal Code, concerns have been raised over whether President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's leadership is moving toward a resurgence of the New Order regime.  Yet amid mounting fears of democratic backsliding, a controversial letter allegedly from Trisakti University detailing plans to award Jokowi with the title Putera Reformasi (Son of the Reform) circulated on social media over the weekend, putting Jokowi's reformist credentials under further public scrutiny.  Trisakti University rector Ali Ghufron Mukti did not immediately respond to The Jakarta Post's calls and text messages requesting confirmation of the authenticity of the letter, which has sparked criticism.  Human rights activist and Tris...