Friday, March 14, 2014


On 14 March 2014, it was announced that Joko Widodo (above), the highly popular Governor of Jakarta, is to run for the presidency in Indonesia, in July 2014.

Joko will be the candidate of the party linked to Sukarno, the PDI-P party.

The PDI-P and its traditional 'finger' sign. 

Sukarno was toppled by the CIA in the mid 1960s.

In the coming presidential contest, Joko is expected to easily beat Prabowo Subianto, the former general who reportedly helped the CIA to topple former president Suharto in 1998.

Joko Widodo. Photo: Michael Bachelard

Joko was born in a riverside slum in the Central Java city of Solo.

He gained a degree in forestry and then started a furniture manufacturing business that made him a millionaire. 

He was recruited by Sukarno's daughter Megawati Sukarnoputri to run as mayor of Solo in 2005.

He improved public services and reduced corruption.

Joko (left) - is he too good to be true? Under President Suharto, each of the three political parties had a 'finger' sign. One finger, two fingers, three fingers.

Joko made impromptu visits to slums and markets to hear directly from the people their needs and criticisms.

He banned his family members from bidding for city projects.

He introduced a healthcare insurance program for all residents.

Under President Suharto, many Indonesians could not afford proper medical care.

Joko was reelected in 2010 with over 90 per cent of the votes.

Joko is described as being folksy and self-effacing.

As governor of Jakarta, he declined to draw a salary, and transported his spartan homemade furniture to his official residence in Jakarta.

Jokowi or bust | East Asia Forum. / Joko Widodo

If Joko becomes president, what will be his attitude to the following:

1. The USA
2. China
3. Big foreign corporations?

In 2012, "Widodo banned foreign investors from entering the tourism sector on the Thousand Islands area on Jakarta's northern coast.

"He planned instead to allocate regional funds to develop a local tourism infrastructure."

However, in 2013, Widodo spoke in favour of foreign direct investment (FDI) on a micro-scale between Jakarta and Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) countries.

"He stressed the need for ASEAN countries to welcome the free market, including opening up their respective education and tourism sectors to foreign participation."

However, Joko's party has historically favoured protectionist policies.

Asia Times Online :: Which way Widodo?


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Thanks Aang,

It's nice to hear that such people exist. Who knows what we may find out in the future but right here right now it's nice to hear the words 'self effacing'.

And of course, fingers crossed.

best etc. etc.

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