President Jokowi Explains Sontoloyo Politics Statement
Date 24 Oktober 2018
President Joko Jokowi Widodo clarified the term sontoloyo politics stated by him when attending the distribution of land certificates at Ahmad Yani Football Field, Kebayoran Lama, South Jakarta, Tuesday (10/23).
According to the President, there are many unethical practices conducted by politicians to attract the voters prior to the election.
“Attacking political opponents in ways that are uncivilized, unethical, or unmannered, is unfair political practice,” President Jokowi told the journalists after opening the 33rd Trade Expo Indonesia (TEI) at the Nusantara Indonesia Convention Exhibition Hall (ICE), BSD, South Tangerang, Banten, Wednesday (24/10).
The President further said that divide and rule politics and politics of hatred in political campaign are out of date practices. Today, the President added, politics shall be about selling programs, ideas, achievements, and track records.
“If the politics of hatred or divide and rule politics is still conducted in politics, then that is what I mean with sontoloyo politics” President Jokowi further said.
In the meantime, the President also firmly said that the freedom of giving criticism and giving opinion is still guaranteed.
Translated by: Ridwan Ibadurrohman
Edited by: Yuyu Mulyani