Friday, November 04, 2005

Cracks in PKS

Prosperous Justice Party or Partai Keadilan Sejahtera (PKS) has been considered as one of the most solid political party in Indonesia at the time of major breakups in other parties. But that's may be a history now.
Yesterday the party chairman Tifatul Sembiring denied statement made by PKS secretary general Anis Matta about the possibility to withdraw the party's support on president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Vice President Jusuf Kalla.
Tifatul, as reported by, said Anis has no authority to decide on the future of PKS involvement in the incumbent cabinet ahead of a widely expected reshuffle. "The party's mechanism dictates that only Syuro Assembly (the highest decision making body at PKS) has such authority. In that sense, Anis statement is only his own discourse," he said.
Tifatul said no decision is made on the future of PKS involvement in cabinet and that the Syuro Assembly would convene the end of this month.
While he agree with Anis on the general opinion that cabinet's performance is far below expectations, Tifatul tend to keep PKS involvement in cabinet. "We have obligation to remind the president and we believe critics from within is the best option so far for PKS," he said.
Anis previously stated that PKS is preparing to pullout from cabinet as a protest to government's widely protested decision on recent fuel price hike and poor performance of the economy.
Anis even disclosed that PKS had informed its members in the cabinet (three ministers) to prepare packing their bags. The three ministers are Anton Supriantono (agriculture), Yusuf Anshari (housing), and Adhiyaksa Dault (sport).
The conflicting statements between the number one and two at PKS has shown us early cracks in the party known for its cohesiveness.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations. Thank you for a very useful blog on Indonesia. I hope you will have more discussions on corruption and the relationship betweent the Indonesian elite and Indonesian parties.

November 05, 2005 4:32 AM  

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