The Jakarta Post
Many Indonesians are dissatisfied with the performance of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Vice President Ma'ruf Amin after their first year in office, a recent survey by Kompas daily has found.
The survey, conducted via phone with 549 respondents across the country between Oct. 14 and 16, found that 52.5 percent of respondents were not content with the Jokowi-Ma’ruf administration.
Meanwhile, 45.2 percent of survey respondents expressed satisfaction with the pair, who were officially sworn into office on Oct. 20 last year.
Most respondents said they were either dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with the pair’s handling of the economy (55.9 percent), politics and security (52.7 percent) and law enforcement (64.6 percent).
The study was conducted at a critical juncture when public anger toward the government is running high over the passing of the controversial Job Creation Law and the general frustration with the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Responding to the survey results, State Secretary Pratikno said the government had been largely successful in its handling of the coronavirus crisis and its various impacts on the country.
“Indonesia is among the countries that have been successful in curbing infection and maintaining the economic contraction,” Pratikno said on Monday as quoted by Kompas.
However, he agreed that there was room for improvement. “The government will continue to improve every day,” he said.
Mada Sukmajati, a lecturer from Gadjah Mada University’s school of social and political science, said it was difficult to gauge the success of the first year of Jokowi’s second term, considering the extraordinary circumstances of the past 12 months.
That said, Mada noted that the country’s democracy had taken a step backward with the passing of contentious laws under the administration, such as the Job Creation Law and the revision of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law.
“This first year should prompt the government to look back on what has happened and is currently happening,” Mada said. (rfa)