Monday, March 05, 2007

It's too early to claim a success

Almost all newspapers published President SBY's claims of success today. The President made the claims before the parliament members of Partai Demokrat where he is the chairman of patron board. Isn't it too early to claim his administration a success?

SBY claimed success on the following pending issues left unsettled by the previous admnistrations:
1) Aceh conflict (Peace Accord & peaceful local election)
2) Papua conflict (?, not sure what has been settled)
3) Human rights violation in East Timor (?)
4) Lifting US military embargo
5) Healthier Budget (?)
6) Accelerating payment of IMF loans & dismiss CGI
7) Dipasena shrimp farm (?)
8) Cemex dispute
9) Karaha Bodas (?)
10) Cepu conflict between ExxonMobil & Pertamina
11) Texmaco settlement(?)
He told party members to tell people what the president had done. "According to World Bank, we're on the right track," Yudhoyono said.
Well, World Bank!
I don't remember his campaign promises, but one thing: 7% economic growth/year. What's the latest statistic?
Other promise: create more jobs (but why unemployment on the rise?)
The answer lies in the famous lyric of singer Ebiet G Ade (he performed before Partai Demokrat gathering, duet with President SBY)...the dancing bushes (I'm not sure the translation).




Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is a success. Just too many of our citizens still in denial about how bad things really were before.

There is no overnight cure for some of our problems. Many will have to wait till current generation dies out before we can see any real improvement.

March 05, 2007 9:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"He is a success".. true...
one of which is "blocking" the RI-02 and his allies to run the government...

"There is no overnight cure"...true..
But the electing people at the grass roots truly need fast and (probably) furious actions to help them on: rice to eat, place to live, cloths to wear....

On this one.. he is not yet success...
But, no worries, he still have less than 24 months to make the hopes of the grass roots people to come true.. not 100% but step by step..

March 05, 2007 10:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the above anonymous comment. He is not the best president, but obviously he is better than three previous presidents after Soeharto downfall.

There are still many problems out there, especially corruptions, which some believe that the condition is worse than in Soeharto's era.

March 05, 2007 1:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is not too early. Those are real achievements, for a better Indonesia. Wake up dude. Can you imagine if it still Mega or Wiranto ...?

March 05, 2007 5:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What he need are some visible achievements such as new toll roads, ports.

March 05, 2007 7:40 PM  
Anonymous zf said...

We must Learn from South Korea....

The most important parallel between Indonesia and Korea is that both experienced high growth under authoritarian regimes before the Asian financial crisis back in 1997. This brings us to the key difference: Korea completed the transition to democracy before the old growth model came tumbling down. When the crisis struck, discrediting existing office holders, they were replaced with politicians not connected to the old regime. At public insistence, large conglomerates that had been major beneficiaries of the old system were allowed to fail. The financial system was radically restructured and opened to foreign competition. The exchange rate has been allowed greater flexibility, and it has appreciated against the dollar, avoiding another period of excessive dependence on export demand.
Everything is not sweetness and light in Korea. Finance has been more extensively restructured than industry. The shift toward a better balance of consumption and investment initially produced a crisis in the credit-card industry. Korea’s critics will emphasize yet other problems. But the economy’s quick recovery and subsequent growth point to the fact that policy has delivered a fundamental change in the country’s economic structure – because the electorate insisted. Do we think that Indonesia can complete its transition to democracy and economic liberation in the relevant time frame? And without such a good transition, will it possess the political will for a radical restructuring?

March 06, 2007 8:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What he needs are good ministers who are competent to do their own job, work as a team, and fully support the President.

If he cannot get this, then he just become a lone voice in wilderness.

March 06, 2007 11:18 AM  

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