On July 9, 2014, when 252 million Indonesians voted for the future of their nation, they chose between anti-corruption, anti-crime outsider Joko Widodo or for the continuation of the corrupt old Suharto order led by former general Prabowo Subianto.
Some 53% of Indonesians voted for Jakarta governor, and formerly a mere furniture exporter, Joko Widodo. As new leader of the Indonesian Democratic Party – Struggle Party (In Indonesian: ‘Partai Demokrasi Indonesia – Perjuangan‘), Jokowi has captured the hearts of millions of ordinary Indonesians who demand real change in Indonesian politics.
Jokowi promises Indonesians their right to people’s liberation, like Indonesia’s former people’s hero, Sukarno.
Widodo has promised ordinary Indonesians to undertake a paradigm shift of government away from a legacy of corrupt military business elites derived Suharto’s 30 year dictatorship. Jokowi promises to be “orang kecil” (In English: “One of Us”).
Jokowi’s “Mental Revolution” election platform has called for accountability and eradicating corruption in government; himself stating: “Some traditions or cultures that flourished during the repressive era of the New Order still remain, such as corruption, intolerance of differences, greed, selfishness, the tendency to use force to settle matters, law violations and opportunism.”
Indonesia is fighting an epidemic of drug abuse, suffering an estimated 20 million drug addicts, according to its Ministry of Health. So if Joko Widodo becomes soft on crime, he will surely lose face with Indonesians. So rightly, Joko Widodo has defiantly defended his reasons for refusing to let convicted heroine traffickers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran off due punishment, Indonesian justice style.
“Every day 50 people die from narcotics,” Mr Widodo said at an Islamic congress in Yogyakarta. “Then there’s 4.5 million drug addicts who need rehabilitation. This is a very big problem.” President Widodo has indicated he will not give in and was not forgiving any drug criminal.
Jokowi’s current vice-president, Jusuf Kalla, a former Golkar Party chairman and Yudhoyono’s former vice-president between 2004 and 2009, said in 2012 that drug traffickers loved Yudhoyono for his leniency.
Has the new president of Indonesia read his security intelligence that the key aspirant for Australian prime ministership, Labor’s Tanya Plibersek, is married to a convicted heroine drug trafficker, Michael Coutts-Trotter? Plibersek has come out last week stating: “’In 1988, my husband left prison after being charged and convicted of a similar crime to these young men.I imagine what would have happened if he had been caught in Thailand instead of in Australia where that crime was committed, where he was coming back to Australia.”
Tanya Plibersek from an immigrant family, is currently the Labor Party’s Federal member for Sydney, Deputy Leader of the Labor Party, Deputy Leader of the Opposition (Labor) and in her speech to Australia’s national Parliament yesterday reminded all Australians that convicted heroine drug traffickers are pardonable because she married one.
Tanya Plibersek’s husband, Michael Coutts-Trotter, was sentenced in Australia to 9 years prison for heroine drug trafficking. Somehow he only served just 2 years and nine months jail. Why? Labor Party connections?
Then why did Michael Coutts-Trotter after jail with no qualifications in education, get the job of Director-General NSW Education, by then Labor Party’s NSW Education Minister John Della Bosca? This caused some minor stirring from NSW Teachers Federation with their then President, Maree O’Halloran saying a teacher with this background wouldn’t be allowed to teach.
But then in the Labor Party it’s not what you know that gets you the plumb public funded jobs. How did he manage to get the plumb job of Director-General of the Department of Finance and Services in 2011? How did he manage to get the plumb job of Chief of Staff to the NSW Treasurer for seven years?
In Indonesia from 1973-1999, Suharto’s corrupt Golkar Party ruled the nation and ensured favours and wealth went to family, friends and the military. Suharto created yayasan charities run by the military and his family members, which extracted “donations” from domestic and foreign enterprises in exchange for necessary government support and permits. While some proceeds were used for charitable purposes, much of the money was re-cycled as slush fund to reward political allies and to maintain support for Suhartos’ New Order regime.
Did Yugoslavian Plibersek exploit her Labor connections like Suharto? As Minister for Health, Plibersek approved listing the abortion drug RU-486 on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. Anti-abortion groups criticised the move, with one campaigner, Margaret Tighe, labelling it a “gross abuse of power.”
Plibersek is a member of EMILY’s List Australia, a political network of ‘progressive‘ (read ‘feminist socialist‘) women, set up by former Victorian Labor Premier Joan Kerner and PM Julia Gillard, to support female political candidates to get into political office and to otherwise ensure its members get special favours and plumb public service jobs. It is the Leftist feminist faction of the Australia Labor Party to ensure ‘women win’ determinations and men are excluded.
In the 2004 Federal Election campaign EMILY’s List paid its female candidates $100,000 to fund their election campaign – Tanya Plibersek, Julia Gillard, Penny Wong, Jan McLucas, Catherine King, Kate Lundy, Kate Ellis, Claire Moore, Sharon Bird, Julie Owens, Justine Elliott, Anne McEwen – all Labor Party, all have secured plumb parliamentary positions. Many others have been public payroll beneficiaries of their Emily List membership – Nova Peris, Jenny Macklin, Joanne Ryan, Lisa Chesters, Clare O’Neil, Gai Brodtmann, Sharon Claydon, Linda Burney, Noreen Hay, Sonia Hornery, Penny Sharpe, Carmel Tebbutt, Lynda Voltz, Helen Westwood and others.
Plibersek’s thirst for power saw her become a member of Julia Gillard’s Emily’s List to push feminazi agendas like homosexual and transexual marriage including foreign adoption and foreign surrogacy.
Joko Widodo, as national leader of Partai Demokrasi Indonesia – Perjuangan, has a lot to live up to in the eyes of 252 million Indonesians. Megawati Sukarnoputri was the party’s leader and President of Indonesia from 2001 to 2004.
Megawati was the daughter of Indonesian independence leader and first president Sukarno (1945 to 1967) who fought and freed Indonesia our of colonial tyranny of The Netherlands.
The party’s ideology is based on the official Indonesian national philosophy, ‘Pancasila‘.
- Belief in the one and only God, (in Indonesian, Ketuhanan Yang Maha Esa).
- Just and civilized humanity, (in Indonesian, Kemanusiaan Yang Adil dan Beradab).
- The unity of Indonesia, (in Indonesian, Persatuan Indonesia).
- Democracy guided by the inner wisdom in the unanimity arising out of deliberations amongst representatives (in Indonesian, Kerakyatan Yang Dipimpin oleh Hikmat Kebijaksanaan, Dalam Permusyawaratan dan Perwakilan)
- Social justice for all of the people of Indonesia (in Indonesian, Keadilan Sosial bagi seluruh Rakyat Indonesia).
Government inadequacy at every level, particularly in health and education, blights a country that by now should be doing much better. Ask about what he sees as Indonesia’s key challenges, and Joko Widodo has no need for notes.
“The gap between the haves and the have-nots is the one. Income inequality is my challenge,” he replies. “I will deliver by the end of this month our Indonesian smart card to the students from poor families, and this month also I will send Indonesian health cards to the people from poor families.”
Poor Indonesian families are suffering the scourge of drugs.
If Labor gets its way, Tanya Plibersek will be PM. Jokowi, who has shaken hands with our PM Tony Abbott will have to soul search to consider shaking hands with a future PM Plibersek.