Attacks on senior officials in Indonesia are very rare, though terrorist attacks on police are common. Protection proved to be disturbingly lax – the stabber got right up to the door of Wiranto’s car. The weapon was a knife, not a bomb or a gun.
“Don’t let democracy be in the hands of elites,” said Jokowi. “Democracy must be held by the people.”
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo remarked that the speed of service is the key to bureaucratic reform as one of the national priorities agenda for his next term during his speech in the Indonesia Vision event last July in Bogor, West Java.
Wang Jen-shu, the first ambassador to Indonesia of the People’s Republic of China, spent a troubled couple of years as Beijing’s man in Jakarta in the early 1950s.
Suspects in stabbing of Indonesia’s chief security minister Wiranto from terror group linked to ISIS: Official
“I ask that all Indonesians pray that he gets well soon. I ask for everyone’s help in fighting radicalism and terrorism because we can only do it together.”
Australia is fortunate to have a neighbour to its north that is largely unified. Predictable, if unspectacular, growth has “helped Indonesia consolidate democracy”.
The recent protests have signified the largest student movement since the fall of Soeharto’s regime in 1998. But today, there is no single, clearly defined enemy.
Sukarno’s granddaughter and the daughter of former President Megawati Sukarnoputri, was unanimously elected as House speaker.
Hundreds of high school and university students gathered near the national Parliament in Jakarta on Monday. Police used tear gas to disperse the protesters after sundown.
Analysts expressed concern that the recent developments could hamper Indonesia’s efforts to combat corruption, or worse still, shake the foundations of democracy in the country.
The latest demonstrations have been the biggest student protests since 1998. “I think the internet now has been inseparable with student movements.”
Over recent years, politics in Indonesia has seen a focus on personalities, resulting in institutional issues and historical economical and power structures being ignored.
Thousands of students have taken to the streets in Indonesia to protest against a “disastrous” draft criminal code that would include outlawing extramarital sex and a controversial new law.
Professor Tim Lindsey of the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society said the ‘highly conservative’ laws would apply to foreigners who visit Bali.
The reforms have alarmed anti-corruption activists, who fear they are meant to weaken the agency.