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SBY wants to be a futurologist when he retires

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) says that he wants to be a futurologist when he retires.
“I am considering becoming a part-time futurologist because I have spent much time trying to plan and strategize by estimating what will happen next week, next year and over the next decade,” Yudhoyono said at a International Conference on Futurology on Wednesday.
As reported by Antara news agency, Yudhoyono said that he might contact futurologists and establish a futurologist club when he retired.
According to Yudhoyono, futurologists’ researches are very important to Indonesia, which is developing as a decentralized democracy.
“We are waiting to hear your various perspectives, so that I can understand a strategic way to achieve our national goals,” Yudhoyono told the conference.

NasDem Party is funded by Surya Paloh of MetroTV

The NasDem party has admitted that media mogul Surya Paloh, who is also the chairman of a civil organization called National Democratic, is funding the party.
“All funds are still from Surya Paloh and friends,” NasDem party member, Sugeng Suparwoto, said on Sunday.
However, he added, Surya was not a board member of the party because Surya preferred to manage the civil organization.
“Surya has not left the civil organization. He is still giving the same attention to it,” he said as reported by tempointeraktif.com.
The party has previously denied that the party was born out of the National Democratic organization, although both their names bear striking similarity. Members of the organization have reportedly joined the party as well.

Surya was a candidate in the Golkar party chairman race in 2009 but lost to conglomerate Aburizal Bakrie.

Democrat Party to hold national congress onSaturday

Indonesian ruling political party, the Democrat Party, is scheduled to hold a two-day national congress Saturday following a high-profile corruption allegation that implicating senior officials at the party as confessed by the party’s sacked treasurer to the media recently.

Allegation on the implication of Anas and several senior officials at the party in a high-profile corruption case rife in national media following the confession of former party’s treasurer Muhammad Nazaruddin about it was televised nationwide recently.

Nazaruddin, who is still at large after being declared a suspect in the corruption case that was said masterminded by Anas, said Anas bought the votes from the party’s cadres that made him seized the chairmanship in the party’s congress held November last year.

Nazaruddin also said that the money used to buy the votes came from bribes provided by contractors who were just awarded contracts to build national sport facilities in Bogor, West Java and dormitory building projects for the athletes contending in the upcoming regional sport event of SEA Games scheduled in Jakarta and Palembang.

In the testimony aired by local TV station MetroTV in the last two days, Nazaruddin said from his hideout that part of the money provided to buy the votes was retrieved from the state budget funds.

Nazaruddin has been declared a suspect by the country’s anti-corruption commission for fixing all the project contracts to those contractors. He was suspected of receiving 13 percent of commission fee from total SEA Games athletes dormitory project that worth 200 billion rupiah (about 23 million U.S. dollars)
Source: Xinhua

Sultan Hamengkubuwono quits Nasdem

The chairman of the advisory board of the National Democrat (Nasdem) movement, Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X, said he was quitting the mass organization because it had turned into a political party.

“It was agreed at the beginning that Nasdem would not become a political party. Now that a Nasdem Party has been declared, I have decided to withdraw (from the organization),” the Sultan said here on Thursday.

He said it would be difficult for him to explain the existence if a Nasdem Party to the regional boards of the Nasdem movement.

“In the regions many Nasdem members are civil servants. It will be difficult for me to explain Nasdem as a mass organization and a political party. Moreover, the symbol of the Nasdem Party is almost the same as that of the Nasdem mass organization,” he said.

He said his initial commitment when joining Nasdem was to build the organization to become a political power without necessarily becoming a political party.

“Seventy-five percent of Nasdem board members are civil servants. They certainly cannot become political party members,” he said.

Regarding the use of the palace symbol on his resignation letter, the sultan said that it was a personal stand and because he was the one that signed it he had to show his identity.

“That is based on my own conscience. It is stated clearly in the letter. It also has nothing to do with the issue of Yogyakartga special status now being discussed at the House of Representatives,” he said.

He said he did not understand why the party would not use another name and a different symbol.

“Due to the unclear stand, I decided to resign,” he said.

Regarding the possibility of him joining other organizations or parties, the sultan said he had not yet decided.

“I do not know. What is certain is that I have been disappointed by parties,” he said.

Asked about the response from Surya Paloh, the chief of Nasdem, and the future of Nasdem`s Yogyakarta chapter which is led by GKR Pembayun who is his daughter, the Sultan said he would not care and would let each of them decide by themselves.

“By being a mass organization Nasdem could serve with power interest while a political party is oriented to power. We wish to serve sincerely, not play politics,” he said.

The Sultan`s decision was hailed by his brother GBPH Prabukusumo who said “every citizen has a political right so does Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X. As his younger brother I have to support his stand,” he said at a book launching event here on Thursday.

He said he hoped with the decision Sri Sultan could become an Indonesian figure to whom anyone could complain to.

“In the language of young people now he could become a place for `curhat` (telling grievances) for president or anyone,” he said.

He said Indonesia now lacks a strong figure. “Even the existing religious figures could not as yet be be able to be taken as role models because they are usually also involved in politics,” he said.

Besides being the chief of the Yogyakarta Sultanate Sultan is also the governor of the Yogyakarta special region, the status of which is now being discussed for possible revocation at the House of Representatives.

Tommy Suharto reenters politics with the National Republic party

While staying publicly coy, Tommy has become chairman of the board of a nascent political party, National Republic, that plans to contest national elections in this country of nearly 240 million people in 2014.

Its rallying cry: disaffection with democracy and the administration of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, and longing for the predictability and steady economic growth of his father’s three-decade, military-led rule.

“The people don’t believe in the government,” said Yus Usman Sumanegara, a businessman who is one of the founders of National Republic. “Thirteen years of ‘reform’ hasn’t made people’s lives better,” he said, referring to the introduction of democratic changes since Mr. Suharto’s resignation in 1998. “We’re just running in place.”

The party did not want to turn the clock back to authoritarianism, Mr. Yus said, but simply to return to what he called “Indonesia’s glory” — the era of stability and rising prosperity presided over by Mr. Suharto, before it was all undone by the 1997 Asian economic crisis.

“We don’t want to be grandiose about it,” Mr. Yus said, while outlining the new party’s goals. “How do we fill the bellies of the people? How do we get kids to school? How do we ensure people’s health?”

There are plenty of indications that Indonesians are fed up with the politics of today. High-profile corruption scandals are a staple of daily news, and there is a widespread perception — despite annual economic growth of more than 6 percent and rising incomes — that life is not getting better.

But even by Indonesian standards, Tommy is damaged goods, said Muhammad Qodari, the director of Indo Barometer.

Indonesians indeed feel let down by a corrupt and grasping political class, Mr. Qodari said, and they are frustrated with a perceived lack of firm leadership by Mr. Yudhoyono. But they have no real desire to turn back the clock to the repression of the Suharto era, he said.

“If he’s interpreting the public’s disappointment with how things are now as them wanting Suharto or his family back in power, then he’s wrong,” Mr. Qodari said. He said he doubted that Tommy was making a serious bid.

Source: New York Times

Suryadharma Ali reelected chairman of PPP

Suryadharma Ali reelected chairman of the Islamic-based United Development Party or PPP for 2011-2016 period in the party`s 6th national conference here early Wednesday.

Suryadharma, currently the Religious Affair Minister was elected after the vote count reached 594 of 1,180 votes, in the conference taking place in Panghegar Hotel here early on the day.

Two other candidates, Akhmad Muqowam just reached about 220 votes and Ahmad Yani obtained 33 votes at the moment.

The conference participants that supported Suryadharma Ali began voicing their joy, but the voting organizing committee chairperson, Hasrul Azwar, asked the participants several times to remain calm.

Suryadharma Ali reelected chairman of PPP

Suryadharma Ali reelected chairman of the Islamic-based United Development Party or PPP for 2011-2016 period in the party`s 6th national conference here early Wednesday.

Suryadharma, currently the Religious Affair Minister was elected after the vote count reached 594 of 1,180 votes, in the conference taking place in Panghegar Hotel here early on the day.

Two other candidates, Akhmad Muqowam just reached about 220 votes and Ahmad Yani obtained 33 votes at the moment.

The conference participants that supported Suryadharma Ali began voicing their joy, but the voting organizing committee chairperson, Hasrul Azwar, asked the participants several times to remain calm.

Suryadharma Ali reelected chairman of PPP

Suryadharma Ali reelected chairman of the Islamic-based United Development Party or PPP for 2011-2016 period in the party`s 6th national conference here early Wednesday.

Suryadharma, currently the Religious Affair Minister was elected after the vote count reached 594 of 1,180 votes, in the conference taking place in Panghegar Hotel here early on the day.

Two other candidates, Akhmad Muqowam just reached about 220 votes and Ahmad Yani obtained 33 votes at the moment.

The conference participants that supported Suryadharma Ali began voicing their joy, but the voting organizing committee chairperson, Hasrul Azwar, asked the participants several times to remain calm.

Suryadharma Ali reelected chairman of PPP

Suryadharma Ali reelected chairman of the Islamic-based United Development Party or PPP for 2011-2016 period in the party`s 6th national conference here early Wednesday.

Suryadharma, currently the Religious Affair Minister was elected after the vote count reached 594 of 1,180 votes, in the conference taking place in Panghegar Hotel here early on the day.

Two other candidates, Akhmad Muqowam just reached about 220 votes and Ahmad Yani obtained 33 votes at the moment.

The conference participants that supported Suryadharma Ali began voicing their joy, but the voting organizing committee chairperson, Hasrul Azwar, asked the participants several times to remain calm.

Suryadharma Ali reelected chairman of PPP

Suryadharma Ali reelected chairman of the Islamic-based United Development Party or PPP for 2011-2016 period in the party`s 6th national conference here early Wednesday.

Suryadharma, currently the Religious Affair Minister was elected after the vote count reached 594 of 1,180 votes, in the conference taking place in Panghegar Hotel here early on the day.

Two other candidates, Akhmad Muqowam just reached about 220 votes and Ahmad Yani obtained 33 votes at the moment.

The conference participants that supported Suryadharma Ali began voicing their joy, but the voting organizing committee chairperson, Hasrul Azwar, asked the participants several times to remain calm.