Opening the BDF VII, President SBY Affirms the Stance – Opposed the Pilkada Act
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) reaffirmed his stance that he opposed the Pilkada Act (the Act of Regional Head Election) stipulated by the plenary meeting of House of Representatives RI on September 26, 2014. For that reason, he issued the Government Regulation in Lieu of a Law to revoke that Pilkada Act.
I oppose the new law because it is a backward step for Indonesian democracy, particularly since we have fought so hard to institutionalize the direct election, President SBY said it while opening the Bali Democracy Forum (BDF) VII in Bali International Convention Center (BICC), Nusa Dua, Bali, on Friday (10/10).
In the event attended by President of the Philippines Benigno Aquino II, Prime Minister Timor Leste Xanana Gusmao and Sultan of Brunei Darussalam Hassanah Bolkiah, President SBY revealed that since 2009, it has been more than 500 Governors, District Heads, and Mayors in Indonesia who were elected directly by the people.
The practice of direct election has caused so many prohibitions and manipulations, and also the appearance of candidates with abilities that were questioned. According to President SBY, the answer was not by revoking that direct election but by reforming the system therefore the voters could have information for better leaders and could help to minimize cheats on the public election.
For that reason, by considering the peoples will, President SBY has issued the Government Regulation in Lieu of a Law.
This Government Regulation in Lieu of a Law will guarantee the peoples rights to elect their regional heads directly. But the Government Regulation in Lieu of a Law is completed by 10 repairing steps in order to prevent the abusing of Direct Pilkada such money politics, corruption, power abusing by incumbent, and the other steps, President SBY elaborated it while delivering his expectations, the House of Representatives will agree the Government Regulation in Lieu of a Law that will return peoples authorities to choose the Governor, the District Head or the Mayor.
President affirmed that the end of reformation is to make democracy that fulfill the peoples need, not the narrow interest from some elites.
Democracy Has Grown
President SBY also said that since the reform era in 1998, Indonesian democracy has been growing and developing well. As a man who always believes in democracy, President SBY was very proud to take part in democracy transformation as a general, a politician, and the sixth Indonesian president.
Our democracy is the on going work and although we have attained many things but the great challenge awaits us in the future. If we can solve this challenge, our democracy will be stronger, SBY uttered.
President SBY believed that although we still have the challenges which are noisy sometimes, the excessive freedom and colored by black campaign, the Indonesian democracy will continue to develop. I am sure that these challenges will able to be solved, President SBY said.
BDF VII held in October 10-11, 2014 at BICC, Bali, was attended by 85 countries from Indonesia, Afghanistan, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China , Fiji Islands, Georgia, India, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Kirgizstan, Lao PDR, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, The Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tonga, Timor Lest, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Viet Nam, and Yemen.
BDF VII was opened by leaders session, chaired together (co-chairs) by President SBY and President of the Philippines, Benigno Simeon Aquino III. In addition, there were two other head of states which are Sultan of Brunei Darussalam Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah; PM of Timor Leste Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao; some ministers; head of delegations from 54 participant countries and several observer countries. (Humas Setkab/ES)