Tag: Prabowo Subianto

Sarumpaet’s Lies Scandal: The First Dirt

The Jakarta Metropolitan Police will question the founder of PAN Amien Rais, who is one of Prabowo Subianto’s biggest supporters, tomorrow (Oct. 10) in relation to Ratna Sarumpaet’s hoax scandal. Amien is the first person to be grilled among the 17 figures that have been reported to the Police.

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Prabowo’s Anti-Communist & Anti-China Rhetorics

Anti-communist campaigns and anti-China sentiment are not new issues in Indonesian politics. They’re like two sides of one coin, and they reemerge in every election. This time is no exception. In the 2019 presidential election, the supporters of Prabowo Subianto have used the commemoration of the Indonesia Communist Party (PKI) movement on September 30 as a momentum for relaying anti-communist rhetorics.

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The 2019 Race: South Sumatera

South Sumatera was another province won by Prabowo Subianto in 2014 election, albeit by a narrow margin. He secured 2,132,163 votes (51.26%), whereas Joko “Jokowi” Widodo collected 2,027,049 votes (48.74%). But this time, in 2019 Prabowo might lose the province to Jokowi.

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Lonely Prabowo?

The Deputy Chairman of Gerindra Party Fadli Zon recently revealed the economists who are helping Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno in the 2019 presidential race. But from the names that Zon mentioned, the majority of them are Gerindra politicians and close to Prabowo. This makes one wonder whether Prabowo is getting any support from his coalition partners.

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2019 Race: Before the Storm?

Pencak Silat brought together President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and his rival in the 2019 presidential race Prabowo Subianto. Both men joined in embracing the gold medalist Hanifan Yudani Kusuma and at an instant, Indonesia’s digital sphere exploded with gleeful reactions.  

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The Anti-Jokowi Campaign

It’s now clear that the rivals of the incumbent President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo will continue to try to erode the latter’s electability through the so-called #2019GantiPresiden movement. The movement is basically a campaign against Jokowi, i.e., a pro Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno’s campaign, and it has been held even before the campaign period officially started next month.

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Why 2019 Still A Difficult Race for Prabowo (2)

Result of gubernatorial election in Central Java, where Sudirman Said-Ida Fauziyah got 42% votes, way above projection of most polling agencies, was among source of optimism for Prabowo-Sandiaga ticket in 2019 race. Supporters of Prabowo-Sandiaga believe they could win the province, known for domination of PDI-P. 

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Why 2019 Still A Difficult Race for Prabowo

Sandiaga Uno, running mate of Prabowo Subianto, is seen aggressive, at least in media reports, in reaching out to various mass organizations and influential figures to build up support for next year’s race. He is scheduled for speech in an economic dialogue organized by KADIN, HIPMI, and some other business associations in Makassar, South Sulawesi tomorrow.

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