Politics, Law, Security

Jokowi’s 2045 Vision

In President Jokowi’s October 20th second term inauguration speech he outlined specific goals for the nation to achieve by 2045, the 100th year of Indonesia’s independence.

  • Middle income trap: “Our dream, our ambition is that by 2045, after one century of Indonesian independence, Indonesia should, Insya Allah (God willing), have escaped the middle-income trap.”
  • Annual per capita income: “Indonesia will have become an advanced country with an annual income of Rp 320 million per-capita or a monthly income of Rp 27 million per capita.”
  • GDP: “Our dream is that by 2045, Indonesia’s gross domestic product will have reached $7 trillion.”
  • Poverty rate: “Indonesia will have become one of the world’s top five economies with a poverty rate nearing 0 percent.”

Leading Religious Group Protests New Religion Minister

The appointment of retired military general Fachrul Razi as the new religious affairs minister has sparked criticism from Indonesia’s largest Islamic mass organization, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), which backed President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s reelection bid and whose members have regularly occupied the post for decades. Fachrul’s appointment marks the first time in the era since the fall of Soeharto, also known as the Reform Era, that the position has gone to someone from the Indonesian Military (TNI) and not a member of the NU or the country’s second largest Islamic group, Muhammadiyah. The move to appoint Fachrul, the TNI’s deputy commander from 1999 to 2000 and a member of Jokowi’s team of experts during his first term in office, was made amid Jokowi’s fight against Islamic radicalism. (Jakarta Post)

Jokowi Defends Decision To Appoint Rival as Defense Minister

The President’s choice of Prabowo to lead the Defense Ministry has raised eyebrows, given the former army general’s position as Jokowi’s staunch opponent during the 2014 and 2019 elections and his role as a critic of the government over the past five years. Jokowi told journalists at the State Palace that he decided to include Prabowo’s Gerindra in his Cabinet because the concept of opposition did not exist in Indonesia’s democracy, which he said embodied the spirit of gotong royong (mutual help). “If it’s good for the country and for the nation, why not?” Jokowi said on Thursday afternoon, adding that he chose Prabowo as the defense minister because “he has experience in the field.” Rights activists, including those from the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras), as well as survivors and families of victims of past human rights violations, demanded Jokowi revoke Prabowo’s appointment as minister, given his tainted human rights record.As commander of the Army’s special forces, Kopassus, Prabowo was allegedly involved in the forced disappearance of 13 prodemocracy activists between 1997 and 1998. He has also been accused of being involved in other human-rights abuses, including during the Army’s East Timor counter-insurgency operations in the 1970s. Prabowo has repeatedly denied all such allegations. (Jakarta Post)