Tough presidential race now on in Indonesia

Rival coalitions and presidential tickets are largely in place ahead of the July 9th election.

By Andhika Bhakti for Khabar Southeast Asia in Jakarta

May 29, 2014
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After weeks of speculation and negotiations among Indonesia's political parties, the two leading hopefuls and their respective parties have formed coalitions and declared tickets for the race.

  • The election field has narrowed to president and vice president candidates Prabowo Subianto (far right) and Hatta Rajasa (centre) against Joko Widodo (far left) and Jusuf Kalla (second left). [Bay Ismoyo/AFP; Adek Berry/AFP]

    The election field has narrowed to president and vice president candidates Prabowo Subianto (far right) and Hatta Rajasa (centre) against Joko Widodo (far left) and Jusuf Kalla (second left). [Bay Ismoyo/AFP; Adek Berry/AFP]

Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and his Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) on May 19th announced the Jakarta governor's candidacy for president and an electoral alliance with the National Awakening Party (PKB), the People's Conscience Party (Hanura) and the National Democratic Party (NasDem).

Jokowi, 52, named Jusuf Kalla, 72, a former vice president and ex-Golkar Party chairman, as his running mate.

Golkar however, is not backing a PDI-P-led coalition. Leaders of the party associated with former President Suharto have joined a coalition led by Jokowi's main rival, Prabowo Subianto.

Former Lieutenant Gen. Prabowo, 62, and his Great Indonesia Movement party (Gerindra), now have a larger coalition than the one led by Jokowi.

The Gerindra-led coalition counts six parties, including Golkar, the National Mandate Party (PAN), the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), the United Development Party (PPP) and the Crescent Star Party (PBB). Prabowo and Hatta Rajasa, his PAN running mate, declared their candidacies May 20th.

The coalition backing Prabowo controls 50% of the popular vote based on how Indonesians voted in April 9th legislative elections, whereas the coalition behind Jokowi controls 40% as reflected in International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) poll results.

The two coalitions also represent a mix of secular and faith-based parties, ending speculation that Indonesia's five Islamic parties might contest the election as a united bloc. Four of these parties, PPP, PAN, PKS and PBB are backing Prabowo while the fifth, PKB, is siding with Joko.

Both sides have strengths: analyst

One electoral wild card has yet to be played.

The ruling Democratic Party, which drew 10.2% of votes on April 9th, could even the contest by joining Jokowi's bloc. Party leaders remain undecided.

"Our party is still working on making a decision," Syarief Hasan, the party's chief executive, told Khabar Southeast Asia.

Arbi Sanit, University of Indonesia political analyst, predicts a tough-fought contest.

"The two coalitions have their strengths. Jokowi can rely on Jusuf's influences at the grassroots level, his experiences as a former vice president, as well as his networking at the international level," he told Khabar on May 21st.

Prabowo, for his part, enlisted support from a number of influential personalities, Arbi said, including former chief justice of the Constitutional Court Mahfud MD, who is managing Prabowo's campaign, and dangdut singer Rhoma Irama.

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    • Agustinus
      July 16, 2014 @ 09:07:27PM
    • Mr. Jokowi has been proven and tested in carrying out his duties as mayor of Solo and governor of the Jakarta Special Capital Region. It is time he is given a bigger responsibility with a higher authority in this nation. The Jokowi-JK pairing is the type of leadership that is swift, accurate, and assertive in their actions.
    • dedi
      July 15, 2014 @ 02:07:10AM
    • The decision is in the hands of the KPU on July 22, 2014. The presidential candidates for both camps must be prepared for both victory and defeat. Whoever incites unrest after the KPU election announcement will be dealt with harshly.
      July 10, 2014 @ 04:07:05AM
    • Come now, let's not trade insults between No. 1 and 2. Let us now wait for the results which will be available on July 22, 2014 when the KPU decides who will be president in 2014. (Prabowo-Hatta).
    • asamson
      July 8, 2014 @ 05:07:55AM
    • To carry out the commands of Allah and staying away from Allah's prohibitions, that is an intelligent and modern leader (someone who knows to appreciate time and thinks in the long term, the world and afterlife), strong and bound for heaven. They are not confused after they come into power as to assets that are not theirs, women who are not their wives and aware of the power that has been entrusted to them. This land and country belongs to and was entrusted by Allah and the souls of people belong to Allah. Pardon me, but don't stubbornly refuse to be governed by or apply Allah's law and look for laws made/written by humans. Humans were also created by Allah SWT but why are we still so confident? Just because we have many friends and supporters? Is being stubborn the only thing that matters? As long as they copy the worship of Abu Jahal: all around the Kaaba there are statues for people to walk around once they have walked around the Kaaba (the point: they conduct worship but also commit depravities, this is what often happens in this country). Sorry.
    • heru sahabat petani
      July 7, 2014 @ 11:07:03AM
    • Remember Sipadan, Ligitan and East Timor? The two islands were a part of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia but that is no longer the case. this is because the president was a civilian and other countries had the guts to trample on our nation's integrity. Do you want this to happen again? If not, then our nation, Indonesia, must rise up, our nation can be great if it can rise up. Hopefully Allah SWT will give us guidance to choose a leader who can make Indonesia formidable in the eyes of other nations, who can bring prosperity to the Indonesian people.
    • jim
      July 7, 2014 @ 04:07:12AM
    • To all my fellows across Indonesia, let us small folk calm down, okay? Who can guarantee that the programs espoused by the presidential candidates will bring progress to Indonesia. Where are they going to get the money? There is a deficit on our national income and they offer beautiful dreams. Even so, there is good to be found, the promise to fix the country's management and its endeavors, to lead a simple life, inviting the people to initiate change for the small things. This is easy enough to be realized, OK?
    • abdul urip teja kusumah
      July 6, 2014 @ 10:07:29PM
    • If we are to choose, we must of course make a comparison of how they work, how they talk, how they ask questions and how they answer them. My fellows of one nation and homeland, if Soekarno had not had duties of state he would have mingled and prayed in more than one mosque in one day but in several mosques and from time to time, when asked a question by his people, he would return a smile and give a solution whether on the spot or on the next day and he certainly did so without ulterior motives and without bodyguards. He was not authoritarian. (Greetings from the West Java commander of the sharpened bamboo).
    • aris
      July 6, 2014 @ 09:07:26PM
    • Virtue (justice and good) will elevate the dignity/standing of the nation but an unrighteous leader/nation will create a dishonourable nation subject to mockery. Let us fix the mentality of the officials. They must be role models, sincere/honest (not a hypocrite).
    • GATOT
      July 6, 2014 @ 09:07:27PM
    • Only Retired General H Prabowo and H Moch Hatta, with the blessing of Allah SWT will be able to bring about change for Indonesia to rise as a country that is strong, dignified and formidable, making the people of Indonesia rich and prosperous standing on our two feet. For that, make No. 1 your choice.
    • raihan kamil
      July 6, 2014 @ 07:07:49PM
    • Assalamualaikum. Whoever is going to lead this nation, the important thing is that they are trustworthy because they will be held accountable for the office they hold.
    • CBS
      July 6, 2014 @ 05:07:26PM
    • I am almost 50 years old and I have seen many presidents come and go. However, ever since I was born to this day I have never had the pleasure of being led by a president whom I support. Every one of them has been the same, whoever the president is I will stay like this. The ones who get to enjoy it are the officials and the families of officials. So, my advice to all you friends is that we should not insult each other. Choose the presidential candidate of your choice without having to insult each other. Each candidate has their weaknesses and strengths and whoever wins, it will not change the state we are in. The ones who enjoy the spoils will only be officials and their families. Do not become victims of politics. Rather than getting a headache from politics, we are better off thinking about our own futures instead.
    • Roran oktavian malang cemoro kandang de casabela
      July 6, 2014 @ 02:07:47PM
    • I will choose the one who deserves to be chosen, and that is Mr. Prabowo-Hatta No. 1. Greetings from me, keep fighting even in the face of a tsunami because nothing is impossible in the world if we try our hardest. Be patient and humble and what matters is that we do not forget to abide by established Islamic laws. That is all I have to say. Wasalamualikum warohmatullahitaala wabarokatuh... malang cemrokandang gunung buring de casabelanca. I love him because of his assertiveness and honesty. I already considered him like my own father. Age: 17
    • Anita Farida
      July 6, 2014 @ 09:07:20AM
    • During this rest period, let us all think with a clear head without the influence of campaigns. Use our reason and conscience while seeking the guidance of Allah SWT. Determine who is the best choice for the beloved nation and country Indonesia and then have faith and be certain that the voice of the people is the voice of God, we must accept it. Show that we are a democratic nation.
      July 6, 2014 @ 08:07:58AM
    • All officials are the same, looking to profit and none of them want to experience loss but I need an assertive and authoritative leader, unlike the way we are today, living in a rice shed but starving to death. Hopefully Indonesia can rise up from poverty and oppression.
    • aris
      July 6, 2014 @ 08:07:35AM
    • A president of the people = one who is free, one who has the courage to refuse coalitions with parties that demand a share in the government.
    • jaya putra
      July 6, 2014 @ 07:07:07AM
    • Whoever the president is, as long as there is no change in the system of government, style of executing the government and officials, Indonesia will stumble. In other words, never moving forward.
      July 6, 2014 @ 04:07:50AM
    • Two-fingered salute, don't forget to choose Jokowi-JK.
    • mandara
      July 6, 2014 @ 03:07:17AM
    • Jokowi is not a perfect human being but if he is given a chance to lead Indonesia I am certain that Indonesia will become better and better run. Do you not realize that we are being belittled by other nations because of our less than dignified behavior and character from a humanitarian perspective?
    • Bagya
      July 6, 2014 @ 02:07:58AM
    • Do not choose someone who puts on airs and arrogant, choose the one who is humble, tolerant, and is one of the people. This presidential election is like a wayang (shadow puppet) story: the one who is often slandered and abused is the one who will win.
    • septiyono
      July 6, 2014 @ 01:07:22AM
    • Mr. Prabowo.
    • bns
      July 5, 2014 @ 04:07:14PM
    • This nation was built by the heroes who fought and spilled their blood, tears and sweat, not through popularity. Allah willing, whichever one is sincere, only Allah can give them blessings. Amin (No. 1).
    • vicky
      June 25, 2014 @ 12:06:05PM
    • Here I am laughing. The arguments for both camps of supporters are very narrow minded. The assertions are hostile and unfounded. There are people who don't know the difference between violent and assertive and yet they speak with such certainty; their own champions would think they are idiots. Remember, bro, don't believe so easily in promises, we are sick of promises made by officials. Ambitious people want many things.
    • neti
      June 24, 2014 @ 07:06:13AM
    • Whoever gets elected as president, we will accept them. For Jokowi, finish your duties first. You've only been governor for a short time so we have not seen the results. For Prabowo, yes, I choose No. 1. Go forth, Prabowo. I like assertive presidents, not feeble ones.
    • upick
      July 1, 2014 @ 09:07:48AM
    • What other duties? Why not? If they want to be president then what are they waiting for and when else?
    • adung saja
      July 5, 2014 @ 03:07:52PM
    • To say it should have been seen through to the end is an effort to eliminate the competition standing in the way of the one you champion. This is an invitation for the people to be Number 1 in the Republic of Indonesia. When it was Fauzi Bowo the people were not interested so he did not become a presidential candidate. If you feel like you are going to win you should be calm whoever the competition is, do not fear a thing.
    • pratomo
      June 24, 2014 @ 05:06:50AM
    • Is the president going to mingle with all of Indonesia? You can only mingle at the level of mayor/regency head. You can still do it as Jakarta Special Capital Region governor but for a governor of Central/West/ East Java and Borneo mingling would not be enough. Remember that it was made possible for Jakarta because of Ahok.
    • anakbangsa indonesia
      July 6, 2014 @ 07:07:39AM
    • It makes sense, there has even been unsavory news from Jokowi about Solo that is quite credible and yet there has been no comment from the concerned. Is it true then?
    • nurdiansyah
      June 23, 2014 @ 12:06:16PM
    • What this nation is hoping for is that whoever the leader ends up being, wherever they are from, there will no longer be beggars, homeless people, unemployment, poverty and work contracts. Is it truly nice to be a leader and to bear the sins of an entire country? Being the head of a household is enough of a headache, let alone leading a country.
    • verdy one
      June 23, 2014 @ 02:06:58AM
    • If a person has been sworn in as Jakarta 1 in the name of God but still dares to violate, how do you expect them to be true to their word; they can't even keep a promise to God. They are no different than the people caught by the KPK, the best is certainly No. 1.
    • doni
      July 7, 2014 @ 02:07:09AM
    • Truly greedy.
    • ha ris
      June 22, 2014 @ 01:06:10PM
    • Do not just look at what is on the surface. Let's take a small example: if one is not even capable of being head of a household, how are they going to lead many people? The future of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia is in your hands, let us elect a leader who can bring about favorable change.
    • mualief
      June 22, 2014 @ 07:06:28AM
    • In my opinion, good presidential/vice-presidential candidates are all good but my choice is the one with a proven track record, not just promises and that is Jokowi for 2014.
    • aminah
      June 22, 2014 @ 04:06:19AM
    • Prabowo.
    • waskito
      June 20, 2014 @ 07:06:31PM
    • A leader should be assertive, has authority, vision and mission for the long term, not one without reason and trivializes problems, who clearly abandoned Jakarta and Solo half way, running from responsibilities because they hunger for power. Prabowo-Hatta, Indonesia's choice, Allah willing they will be better, have direction and full of authority, respectable in the eyes of the world.
    • bachtiar
      June 20, 2014 @ 07:06:12PM
    • No good can come from speaking ill of candidates for the country's leader, after all, one of them will become our Imam. Together, let us ask for Allah's guidance so that our choice is the right one who will receive God's blessing. Amin.
    • seno
      June 20, 2014 @ 11:06:07AM
    • Pick one (1) of them, not two (2)!
    • jerry fitermansyah
      June 19, 2014 @ 10:06:56AM
    • Where is the strength of Indonesia? Why do we stand idle while Malaysia takes over the country? Where is the Indonesian government? None of them has any guts. Mr. Prabowo, please emphasize to our government that our nation is not a nation of lackeys! Greetings from us, the people of Indonesia.
    • tamara
      June 19, 2014 @ 10:06:45AM
    • Indonesia is stupid, opening up each other's disgraces. Why are we mocking each other? This is the first time Indonesia has been driven crazy by the presidential office. We are shamed as children of this nation, laughed at by neighboring countries. Ha ha, funny.
    • dady
      June 18, 2014 @ 12:06:37AM
    • The president and the military are incompetent in running the government. For instance, SBY is formidable in appearance only. He can't even resolve the corruption cases, he is all talk as usual. The corrupt are getting weeded out and he himself is involved. The governor of the Jakarta Special Capital Region is the same way, the one from the military was unable to resolve the Tanah Abang market issue. It is better if they were civilians like Joko Widodo.
    • amul
      June 24, 2014 @ 05:06:47AM
    • What matters is that our leader will be a trustworthy one. However, right now Indonesia, Allah willing, needs Jokowi. Don't forget the two fingered salute on July 9th, choose Mr. Jokowi.
    • muhlis
      June 17, 2014 @ 06:06:34AM
    • Use your brains when electing a president. Indonesia is not Solo. You shouldn't run for president because of popularity. Reflect on this, skinny, this is not selling furniture but running a country. You can't even take care of your appearance, let alone a country. As for JK, the greedy Bugis grandpa, repent, get back to the right path, don't be swayed by the temptations of that hag Megawati's ambition for power. Does Indonesia belong to Soekarno? Nasakom has ended.
    • ahmad
      June 16, 2014 @ 10:06:01PM
    • We need an assertive leader, not someone who is effeminate, feeble, and has only recently learned to speak. Why choose the feeble style of Jokowi? Also, he is under the patronage of Megawati. He gets campaign money from the people. Kill Jokowi.
    • ugro
      June 22, 2014 @ 10:06:09AM
    • What use is assertiveness? There are many activists who have not come back because of what Prabowo did. What if it happened to your family? Shame on you for giving such a comment. The proof is that Jokowi has been mayor twice and was the Jakarta Special Capital Region governor and in the two years of his leaderships we have seen many changes. Are you too blind to see or is it that you lack human resources?
    • rohimat
      June 23, 2014 @ 01:06:27PM
    • If a member or an ex-member of the TNI is assertive is nothing remarkable, but it is extraordinary when a civilian is assertive. Jokowi, for instance, do not think that civilians cannot be assertive. Once they assert themselves, they can stir things up.
    • kisma
      June 16, 2014 @ 07:06:48PM
    • By Allah, The supporters are the ones in uproar. Don't blind your heart with inappropriate words. Everyone has the right to win. It comes down to how they win. When even their supporters are mocking each other, what happens to the one they support. Allah willing, they will be discarded too. Prabowo-Hatta. Allah willing.
    • rohimat
      June 23, 2014 @ 01:06:41PM
    • To Mr. Ahmad, you are looking at appearance, not achievements. Look at the appearance of your champion, mimicking/plagiarizing the figure of Soekarno. Present yourself as you are, not what you want. Soekarno cannot be imitated, including by the PRAHARA camp.
    • emon
      June 13, 2014 @ 08:06:06AM
    • Jokowi's career has a good track record. Prabowo's career advanced very quickly but he was subsequently dismissed midway. Think about that.
    • agus purwanto
      June 24, 2014 @ 02:06:15AM
    • Let's not think we know everything, it would cause losses and us to choose wrongly. Remember the consequences in the afterlife, our descendants will have to endure the consequences if we make the wrong choice. I am a stupid person so I will just use logic. Whoever receives a lot of support from Islamic parties, that is who I will choose. They know better than us. PKB is only the ambition of Cak Imin. Cak Imin even challenged Gus Dur.
    • HARTO
      July 6, 2014 @ 02:07:03PM
    • My brother, learn more if you feel stupid. There are no Islamic parties in Indonesia. Don't bring the Islamic religion into political matters. Thanks.
    • Medo
      June 13, 2014 @ 12:06:28AM
    • Prabowo-Hatta, yes. Jokowi is a puppet controlled by Megawati. Jokowi "Mr. cheap-to-hire".
    • agusmulyadi
      June 23, 2014 @ 08:06:39AM
    • Medo, to hell with you.
    • rohimat
      June 23, 2014 @ 01:06:10PM
    • If Prabowo-Hatta wins the presidency, this country will undoubtedly become a "storm" because New Order Volume 2 will happen again.
    • zulkifli
      June 12, 2014 @ 12:06:25PM
    • Right now, many Indonesians are still starving, we do not need an Asian tiger as president. Back then Bung Karno needed to be formidable in the eyes of foreign nations because the sovereignty of the Republic of Indonesia needed to be recognized. Today what is important is a president who can fill the bellies of the people, no need for a president who appears formidable to other countries. Jokowi is the one who can save the people. Independence!
    • agus purwanto
      June 24, 2014 @ 02:06:00AM
    • You don't believe in God, do you? Blessings are determined by God, no need to worry about starvation. Whatever has been put on the news about how Jokowi is of the people, it is all just image building. His ultimate goal is to control the country so that they can scrape away the nations wealth, the people would only get the crumbs. Remember, it was Mrs. Mega who sold state assets. Jokowi becomes president, Ahok ascends, the Jakarta Special Capital Region becomes the second Singapore. Their people will have their bellies filled while we will be cast aside.
    • adi mulyawan
      June 12, 2014 @ 01:06:50AM
    • An untrustworthy leader is a leader who runs away from their duties and responsibilities before the end of their term. Whoever they are, it shows that they are betraying the people in their jurisdiction. Let us achieve victory in a prudent manner, do not bring up old wounds, where have you been? The board of trustees and the rest have all shown that they are rotten, why speak up now?
    • irfan Th
      June 11, 2014 @ 06:06:39PM
    • Both candidates are quite representative. Jokowi is good but it looks like Prabowo is better.
    • morton
      June 11, 2014 @ 01:06:39PM
    • The presidential candidates' scores are even, each of them is very good. The king and the ruler is MONEY. Of course we must elect the presidential candidate who prioritizes the economy and state finances.
    • lilies.nurhayati
      June 11, 2014 @ 08:06:10AM
    • I think that a leader must be trustworthy and able to take responsibility for what they have done in this world and in the afterlife because office is but a temporary status for whoever becomes president.
    • amhink
      June 11, 2014 @ 08:06:28AM
    • I think that the main problem that the government must resolve is the matter of justice and unity and the second priority is eradicating corruption. How can we resolve criminal acts of corruption when the people and government are not united in the will to eradicate corruption.
    • yofie heryanto
      June 11, 2014 @ 08:06:17AM
    • Jokowi vs Joko Jendil, Like a peanut forgetting its shell. Supported fiercely to become governor of the Jakarta Special Capital Region but ended up becoming Megawati's puppet. Do you people/laborers not realize that many of you are suffering because Mega outsources traitors to the nation. Go forth Mr. Prabowo, for the great Indonesia.
    • ahmad fazni
      June 11, 2014 @ 06:06:29AM
    • I think that the next leader of Indonesia should come from the ordinary folk. We know that someone from the military is not guaranteed to be able to secure the entire archipelago along with the diverse ethnic groups within it. Whoever gets elected, the loser should not become angry.
    • kocu
      June 11, 2014 @ 06:06:10AM
    • No 1. Prabowo-Hatta.
    • Mohammad Sediono
      June 21, 2014 @ 02:06:17AM
    • Jokowi is the most suitable because he is a great man. Coming from utter poverty, he was able to become a graduate of agriculture from UGM, one of the best mayors in the world, the governor for the Jakarta Special Capital Region and now a presidential candidate. This proves how great he is. If there are any flaws to nitpick it is that he is a Muslim but not yet Kafah (perfect); he has embarked on hajj and umrah several times but he does not always wear a fez during campaigns and his wife rarely wears a hijab. Mr. Jokowi, be a perfect Muslim which will bring happiness to us all, so that Allah will always help us. Long live Jokowi-Kalla. Amin. And compensate for all your inadequacies.
    • Harry S
      June 11, 2014 @ 03:06:03AM
    • If Jokowi was not the governor of Jakarta, would his candidacy be this exciting? Would we not be proud that a former mayor becomes a presidential candidate? Jokowi's presidential candidacy shows that our nation is truly democratic. Also, this country's generation will have the optimism to want to build Indonesia. Jokowi became candidate because many people wanted it. The people have seen what Jokowi has achieved when he was governor. The Jakarta Special Capital Region has undergone many changes because of him and the results have been real and beneficial. Jokowi has given us a good example for this nation and he has done many things whereas before the people did not feel anything was achieved. So, let us appreciate those who have served the nation and not insult them. I hope this comment is useful. Regards.
    • impian
      June 11, 2014 @ 02:06:54AM
    • Indonesia is in danger, the international world wants Indonesia to be divided like the Soviet Union. Let us put our hearts and minds together and cultivate the will to keep the integrity of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia. Choose the leader who understands the Pancasila ideology, the 1945 Constitution and the history of the Indonesian nation. Do not let Indonesia be led by a person who is not trustworthy and irresponsible.
    • eend
      June 11, 2014 @ 01:06:33AM
    • Choose the good one and the one who doesn't act with impunity.
    • sunny zamiliah
      June 11, 2014 @ 12:06:32AM
    • Whoever the leader will be, we pray for the best.
    • eggo
      June 10, 2014 @ 07:06:36PM
    • Jokowi will only become a puppet leader controlled by Mega. What good is it when the leader is only receiving directions?
    • Mohammad Sediono
      June 21, 2014 @ 02:06:29AM
    • Jokowi will only bow to the constitution and the will of the people. Once he is president he will not submit to the will of Megawati, he may even exert influence over Megawati if her will goes against the constitution and the will of the people. That is what I believe.
    • rohimat
      June 23, 2014 @ 01:06:44PM
    • Even his name is "eggo", just add "tist" and figure out the meaning for yourself. The words of an egotist can never be true because he puts himself before anything.
    • nemon munali
      June 10, 2014 @ 02:06:17PM
    • The rivalry of the presidential and vice presidential election is heating up. They all have their weaknesses and strengths. I am neutral, what matters is things are safe.
    • ridlo
      June 10, 2014 @ 01:06:44PM
    • Jakarta is flooded and the roads are jammed and Jokowi finally gave up.
    • JIBBA
      June 10, 2014 @ 01:06:55PM
    • In 1998, the dispute for Sipadan and Ligitan was brought before the ICJ [8][9] and then on Tuesday, 17 December 2002 the ICJ came to a decision on the sovereignty dispute of Sipadan and Ligatan Islands between Indonesia and Malaysia. The result, from the vote in that institution, was that 16 judges voted in favor of Malaysia, and only 1 person voted in favor of Indonesia. From the 17 judges, 15 were permanent judges from the International Supreme Court, while one judge was appointed by Malaysia and the other was appointed by Indonesia. Malaysia's victory was based on the consideration of effectiveness (without considering the the question of territorial waters and maritime borders), the government of England (Malaysia's occupiers) conducted real administrative actions in the form of a decree for the protection of birds and taxes for the collection of turtle eggs since 1930. What we need to know here is that during that protracted period, the Republic of Indonesia never conducted any effort into the management and maintenance of Sipadan-Ligitan. It was as if we ignored the fact that the island was "de facto" effectively controlled by Malaysia. Sixteen judges voted in favor of Malaysia, while only 1 sided with Indonesia. Given the facts, if the president at the time had been Prabowo, would he have had dared declare war?
    • guspur
      June 24, 2014 @ 03:06:57AM
    • If the president is Prabowo, they would not dare do that. This means that we win without having to go to war. You are stupid. But, if Jokowi becomes president, he would not care because his own "mother" (Mega) sells off state assets. I am certain Mega will say "that's fine, Wi, sell Borneo while you're at it".
    • johanes
      June 10, 2014 @ 10:06:37AM
    • It is very clear, which one will be able to rule from the heart and which one is only showing off and ambitious. A smart person, humble, understands the people, willing to work hard/mingle, he is Jokowi! The people need a figure like Jokowi, not someone who wants to be seen as high class, hard and ambitious.
    • lestari
      June 10, 2014 @ 06:06:48AM
    • Jokowi is not running away from responsibility. Rather, he was entrusted by the people to become a presidential candidate for the next 5 years.
    • Bagyo Hariyanto
      June 10, 2014 @ 03:06:59AM
    • Look at rural areas, not cities like Jakarta, Surabaya, Medan, etc. It is clear that we are still living below the poverty line. Give us someone who exemplifies simplicity like Jokowi.
    • anwari faqot
      June 10, 2014 @ 03:06:15AM
    • Rather than Jokowi, we'd better choose Prabowo.
    • harjuno
      June 10, 2014 @ 03:06:25AM
    • It is too early for Mr. Joko to be president. Remember the homework when he was mayor of Solo. He hasn't finished his brief office as governor. He is pushing himself too hard. Even though he is supported by a party, remember that a good official finishes all his responsibilities of a full term, only then can we truly see the fruits of his labor.
    • bambang
      June 12, 2014 @ 07:06:30PM
    • Mr. Harjono, if you were Jokowi, would you honestly turn down the promotion? It's not even against the law.
    • ortega
      June 24, 2014 @ 03:06:18AM
    • If I were Jokowi, I would not want to, I would fear accountability in the afterlife. So, see the duties through. This is greed and ungratefulness towards those who fought for him.
    • Katakan Kebenaran
      June 10, 2014 @ 02:06:12AM
    • We need a leader who will lead, not a leader who is led. Jokowi is still influenced and controlled by Megawati, bro!
    • mualief
      June 10, 2014 @ 02:06:37AM
    • Jokowi is not power hungry. It is Prabowo who is power hungry.
    • bintang88bintang
      June 10, 2014 @ 01:06:20AM
    • Jokowi is not yet fit to be president. He is not a firm character and yet he wants to be president.
    • rohimat
      June 23, 2014 @ 01:06:33PM
    • Opulence versus simplicity. A horse that costs 3 millions or a bicycle? An airplane or a bajaj? A luxury car or a pedicab? An imitator or someone genuine? Take the Iranian president as an example, with all his simplicity he goes up against America.
    • wahyu supeno
      June 9, 2014 @ 04:06:46AM
    • I agree with Helina.
    • moneristo
      June 8, 2014 @ 08:06:29PM
    • All the candidates have good image, ideas, visions and missions. What matters is who will follow through, who will not be temperamental, not be emotional, not psychopathic and will not abuse power, will be capable and maintains control (in the field). Someone who has a good background/track record, has never had their career terminated midway, able to control their family and does not like to lie, does not like to slap their subordinates and not someone who leads by sowing discord. Many other things must be considered when leading 240 millions.
    • Abdul
      June 11, 2014 @ 11:06:04PM
    • In addition: Do not elect a leader who is wishy-washy, forgetting the oaths they took on a holy book, untrustworthy and only seeks office for their own and their group's interests, likes to speak ill of other people, inconsistent in their own words, self righteous, thinks they are the greatest, thinks that they have the most leadership experience and feel like they have done most service for the people.
    • walman
      June 8, 2014 @ 04:06:28PM
    • Jokowi is a leader of the past who lives in the present while Prabowo is a leader from this era of leaders. The leaders of the past liked to serve, they put priority on the people while Prabowo puts his personal interests before the people.
    • sakhir
      June 8, 2014 @ 11:06:49AM
    • All presidential/vice-presidential candidates are good in my opinion. The bad ones would forget their vision and mission after they are elected.
    • sandriyo
      June 8, 2014 @ 04:06:52AM
    • We should seek out a presidential candidate who is firm, good at diplomacy, has a good command of various languages, has a clear vision and mission, one who has capital, not one who is maudlin, sloppily dressed, unfamiliar with diplomacy, giving feeble speeches and only relies on honesty and mingling with the people.
    • ReokPunk
      June 8, 2014 @ 03:06:51AM
    • When searching for and choosing a president, he must be someone who's committed, not someone who loves to talk and not someone who is hungry for power. They make promises here and there but is all just a strategy to further their own interests and the interests of their group.
    • ERMAN
      June 8, 2014 @ 02:06:42AM
    • What is clear is that we need a sincere leader for the nation and people of Indonesia. The one who is sincere is Prabowo.
    • alidurahman
      June 14, 2014 @ 10:06:38AM
    • Prabowo is good but the parties in his coalition are not good. They have people who committed corruption of the Quran money, corruption towards people embarking on hajj. This has become so severe that they would even dare take Allah's money and this is to say nothing of illegitimate organizations. Can you imagine what it would be like in the future? It should be Prabowo-Jokowi, now that would be good.
    • suhadi
      June 7, 2014 @ 03:06:10PM
    • I agree.
    • sri handayani
      June 7, 2014 @ 10:06:16AM
    • I like leaders who are simple and likes to be directly involved in the field. When will I meet with Mr. President?
    • kibuyut
      June 13, 2014 @ 03:06:25AM
    • Maybe they are simple but it is possible that they consider all the nation's problems are simple. A simplistic approach to solving issues will not be able to adapt to international developments, bro.
    • jameswat matondang
      June 7, 2014 @ 07:06:35AM
    • Jokowi is a good leader who pays attention to all the people's interests. Jokowi is the Soekarno of our age who comes to liberate the poor and neglected.
    • abdul salam
      June 7, 2014 @ 06:06:20AM
    • At this time, it would be more elegant if Mr. Jokowi finished his duties as governor while developing his mindset as a national leader so he'll experience a good growth, and does not seem rushed. Indonesia still needs a figure like Pbw who is visionary and firm.
    • attan mulky
      June 6, 2014 @ 08:06:13AM
    • Attan izzul prodem Prabowo is a military figure who is one of the people, a successful businessman who still thinks of the Indonesian people and how they can become equal to people in neighboring countries. He is fit to lead this nation, one that has yearned for a progressive leadership, elitist but still fantastic.
      June 6, 2014 @ 05:06:57AM
    • The old should just step down, time for new blood.
    • andi
      June 5, 2014 @ 09:06:40PM
    • If you want the country to be good, why not just unite Jokowi and Prabowo. Their intention is to bring progress to the country, why not put their heads together? Who gets to be president is not important as long as they both unite.
    • iswandi
      June 5, 2014 @ 09:06:59PM
    • I want to question Jokowi's words on the number two which he says to be balance. Balance in what way? If a cripple does not have legs or arms and therefore is not balanced, this means that he has insulted the disabled person for not having balance. On the other hand, Prabowo has said that the number 1 means 1 purpose, 1 heart, 1 perception, 1 nation, creating one progressive country and all Jokowi does is talk in front of media and television so that they can report that he climbed down a sewer. As for results, to this day Jakarta is still plagued with flood. Saying that he has increased labor wages by 40% is personal arrogance. He does not dress neatly, how will he lead a great country when he looks feeble?
    • sawung
      June 11, 2014 @ 04:06:34AM
    • Support is given at random. Do you not see the changes to Jakarta in the last 2 years or are you pretending to be blind.
    • amin
      June 5, 2014 @ 12:06:20PM
    • Anyone can become a leader, what matters is that they make the people prosper and how they deal with economic factors. Do not become the slaves of the Jews, going against the Qur'an and Hadith. Become a leader with faith, uphold the laws set forth by Allah SWT in the holy Qur'an.
    • deky
      June 5, 2014 @ 06:06:33AM
    • If it is truly for the prosperity of the nation as it is advertised by the two sides, why don't they just join forces? This is so that the people get the sense of care that they expect, not only dreams. Come on, let's not be selfish.
      June 5, 2014 @ 03:06:09AM
    • tomy
      June 5, 2014 @ 03:06:01AM
    • One heart, one voice, Prabowo-Hatta.
    • dediukung
      June 5, 2014 @ 02:06:43AM
    • In my opinion, both presidential tickets are worthy to vote but it would be good if we let the people to choose. For me, I will vote for No.1. This is my choice, for social awareness, let's vote for No.1. Thanks.
    • ikhwanbear
      June 5, 2014 @ 01:06:34AM
    • My fellows across Indonesia, the signs of destruction will come quickly, especially if we berate each other on the evils of a particular presidential candidate. We are ordinary people who don't know anything. Why are we promoting one presidential candidate on the grounds of the good he has done and blatantly condemn his faults? Do you actually know that the candidate you choose will definitely succeed in making this country prosper? God has a special plan for Indonesia moving forward, whoever the candidate will be, God already knows. All you people bickering about certain presidential candidates will be marked as the weakest people to be tasked with preserving harmony as the good people of Indonesia. Whether you want Jokowi or Prabowo, they are also Indonesians. Support them as best you can and do not make comments or mock one or the other, you are berating the Indonesian people itself. Think about that, my brothers.
    • ussa
      June 4, 2014 @ 07:06:31PM
    • A firm leader, not a soft leader!
    • raden27
      June 4, 2014 @ 11:06:20AM
    • Prabowo-Hatta yes...
    • Kasan
      June 4, 2014 @ 05:06:03AM
    • Very good.
      June 4, 2014 @ 04:06:11AM
    • Jokowi-JK are very fit to lead Indonesia. Our nation has been plagued with too many problems and I think that Jokowi and Jusuf Kalla are specialists in dealing with national problems. These two gentlemen are of few words but get a lot done.
    • Putra
      June 11, 2014 @ 09:06:48AM
    • Mr. JK has been vice president once before but has produced nothing for the Indonesian people. Why would you elect him again? This is getting old.
    • Abdul
      June 11, 2014 @ 11:06:53PM
    • JK has forgotten what he said: "If Jokowi becomes president, this country would be destroyed."
    • dini
      June 4, 2014 @ 03:06:22AM
    • Just make it direct, public, independent, confidential, honest and fair.
    • darmansyah
      June 3, 2014 @ 08:06:18PM
    • Choose Jokowi, he has a down-to-earth profile.
    • bintang88bintang
      June 10, 2014 @ 01:06:09AM
    • I do not like Jokowi, Borneo would be taken over by Malaysia, Jokowi only needs to say "yes, yes".
    • alidurahman
      June 14, 2014 @ 10:06:03AM
    • Are you saying that you actually know that Malaysia is going to take Borneo? Ha ha ha, do you think you're God?
    • stenlykoilam
      June 3, 2014 @ 08:06:18AM
    • wow
    • safin santarwi
      June 3, 2014 @ 07:06:04AM
    • Good, I like this article.
    • angga julio iskandar
      June 3, 2014 @ 12:06:40AM
    • A proper political contest in the election for president and vice president must have good ethics.
    • suhadi
      June 7, 2014 @ 03:06:02PM
    • I strongly agree.
    • tasman tadalembah
      June 2, 2014 @ 06:06:22AM
    • The leader of the nation of Indonesia today is from the Indonesian Armed Forces because there are riots happening everywhere, directed especially towards neighboring country, Malaysia, who is laying claim to a number of islands. They want to control these islands, don't let them be taken again by another country. Right now, tho president needs to come from the Indonesian Armed Forces.
    • suhadi
      June 7, 2014 @ 03:06:12PM
    • I do not agree.
    • yudi King
      June 9, 2014 @ 05:06:39AM
    • The more important issue today is eradicating the already rampant corruption. Law must be upheld, social services given to the poor, the economy must be stable and strong. When we have these things other countries will see us as formidable.
    • suroso
      June 10, 2014 @ 03:06:53AM
    • This is what we get after being led by a soldier/member of the armed forces for 40 years. Sukarno was a civilian and was able to lead the nation to independence. Suharto used natural resources for development. SBY is marching on the spot. It is better to have a civilian again.
    • s y a h r u l
      June 2, 2014 @ 04:06:31AM
    • It would be better if the leaders of this country are people who are considered experienced in the military and organizations in general. Those people are these two candidates, Prabowo-Hatta.
    • dat
      June 7, 2014 @ 10:06:18AM
    • What do you mean by experience in the military field? It is usually those who possess exemplary professional records throughout their period of duty and then resign when they enter retirement age. What about members of the military who were still active but were discharged by their corps because of disciplinary issues?
    • suhadi
      June 7, 2014 @ 02:06:43PM
    • If Prabowo is elected, we will return to the old order. No one will be given a voice and the nation of Indonesia as a whole will regret this in the long run. We will see, because when the promises are too sweet there is bound to be bitterness. The facts of surveys have proven this.
    • gohebalordup
      June 2, 2014 @ 04:06:46AM
    • There is someone behind the appointment of Hatta Rajasa, form PAN, as vice president. Vice president is a transitional goal. This is similar to how Gus Dur was elected president in 1998.
    • dat
      June 7, 2014 @ 09:06:43AM
    • At that time (1998) it was called the central axis, the masterminds were Amien Rais and Akbar Tanjung. They championed Gus Dur to be president and it was they who brought him down. Today they are starting a new history (2014), will Prabowo share Gus Dur's fate?
    • suhadi
      June 7, 2014 @ 03:06:05PM
    • From a political standpoint, that is correct, should Prabowo be elected it would be similar to the ascent of Gus Dur back then and the people eventually wanted Gus Dur to step down. The same thing will happen to Prabowo. However, because Prabowo is an ambitious person, it will one day cause conflict which will lead to bloodshed. So, we must think again so that this does not happen.
    • alidurahman
      June 14, 2014 @ 10:06:14AM
    • The masterminds are those close to Hatta also.
    • Helena
      May 31, 2014 @ 08:05:09AM
    • At last, birds of a feather flock together. Those who are not riddled with issues are flocking to Jokowi; those who have issues and feel the need to protect their interests flock to Prabowo. This is an exciting match between the good guys and the bad guys. Jokowi is chosen by the people, Prabowo appoints himself using billions of rupiahs in capital. Jokowi is very authentic, he puts on no airs, not flashy. Prabowo is like a tween who still cares about style, riding on a horse, carrying a kris, and dressing like Soekarno. He is still self centered and not people centered. Jokowi is one of the people so he takes care of the people, Prabowo is one of the troubled elite, and he is only interested in taking care of power.
    • teguh
      June 4, 2014 @ 03:06:57AM
    • Are you not mistaken? If Jokowi is not power hungry then he should solve the issues in Jakarta first.
    • indah Purwani
      June 5, 2014 @ 05:06:52AM
    • In my view, when it comes to Prabowo, what you see is what you get. Indonesia needs a leader who will be able to resist foreign attacks that seek to trample on the dignity of the Indonesian nation. Don't forget about narcotics, misleading foreign cultures. Dealing with markets is not enough but we must also keep globalization in mind so that Indonesia is not left far behind. Gus Dur himself was able to predict that the person who will be sincere in leading the country is only "Prabowo". A respectful greeting to the late Gus Dur.
    • sanjaya putra
      June 8, 2014 @ 04:06:55AM
    • You are stupid, you know very little and you're only following the crowd with your choice. Maudlin, plebeian, puppet who cannot give speeches, only spouting nonsense.
    • subagyo
      June 10, 2014 @ 01:06:19AM
    • Jokowi is only halfway through his duty as governor and wants to move to a higher office. What will happen later? Will it be like this?
    • kocu
      June 11, 2014 @ 06:06:54AM
    • Whatever the reason, stick to No 1 Prabowo-Hatta.
    • alidurahman
      June 14, 2014 @ 10:06:48AM
    • Calm down, boss. If Jokowi becomes president, improvements to Jakarta will happen faster. Jokowi takes care of the central government and Ahok takes care of the Jakarta Special Capital Region and everything will be great. Moving forward, Jakarta will not be the only one to change; other big cities will undergo progress.
    • slow coy
      July 5, 2014 @ 09:07:08PM
    • Mr. Jokowi is still short and deficient in knowledge and experience. He should finish his term as governor which was entrusted to him by the people of Jakarta when he became candidate. Do not be so proud of yourself, you finished a number of projects and flattered by the people and now you want an even higher office. Where are the promises when he ran to become governor for five years. Was it a trick or ruse to deceive the people of Jakarta and the people of Indonesia with his promises as a presidential candidate when the promises he made then as governor have not been realized! To Mr. Prabowo, keep up the fight, I support you, sir.
      July 6, 2014 @ 08:07:41AM
    • All officials are the same, looking to profit and none of them want to experience loss but I need an assertive, authoritative leader, unlike the way we are today, living in a rice silo but starving to death. Hopefully Indonesia can rise up from poverty and oppression.

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