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Jakarta Post

Commentary: Sunda Empire as mesmerizing as '2045' vision

  • Kornelius Purba

    Senior editor at The Jakarta Post

  /   Tue, January 28 2020   /  12:15 am

The ridiculous, if amusing, claims of the self-appointed Grand Prime Minister of the Sunda Empire-Earth Empire in Bandung, West Java, and the King of the Keraton Agung Sejagat (world empire) in Purworejo, Central Java, have led them to becoming laughing stocks over the past few weeks.But compare these members of “royalty” to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, who has seriously promised the nation that Indonesia will become the world’s fourth-largest economy in 2045. While many Indonesians might be extremely skeptical, they will also view it simply as a politician’s pledge. However, a leading global institution has wholeheartedly supported Jokowi’s confidence.Please don’t get mad at me when I say that the newly emerging “emperors” are possibly not very different from Jokowi. The President is just luckier because many of us will unlikely be able to wait for the pledge to m...