I say “supposedly” because a. in Indonesia much of what is planned actually results from happenstance, and b. because I can find no mention of the debate in the Metro TV schedule.
Metro TV is owned by Suryo Paloh who is a prominent supporter of Jokowi. In 2009, having lost out to Aburizal Bakrie in his goal of becoming chairman of Golkar, he established the NasDem Party to further his political career. His original partner in NasDem was fellow media mogul Hary Tanoesoedibjo who was recently Gen. Wiranto’s choice as vice president candidate in Wiranto’s vehicle, the Hanura Party. Hary is the boss/owner of PT MNC Sky Vision which, through its satellite TV broadcaster Indovision beams loads of channels, including Metro TV, into Jakartass Towers Redux.
With me so far?
Neither NasDem nor Hanura garnered enough votes in the April 9th parliamentary election to allow Paloh and Wiranto to become candidates in the July 9th presidential election. Golkar did have the required percentage of votes to allow the despised Bakrie, owner of TV One, to pursue his presidential ambitions, but no party was prepared to join him in a coalition.
Jokowi wouldn’t even offer him a role in the government in exchange for Golkar’s backing, but Prabowo did, thus ensuring a majority of the April votes. Not that it’s going to make any difference because the nation’s vote for the President is about supporting a person rather than a political party, and there are now moves to unseat Bakrie from his position as chairman.
The Wiranto-Hery partnership also split with Wiranto, who really dislikes Prabowo, aligning Hanura with Jokowi and Hery taking his media group over to the Prabowo coalition.
One final piece of the jigsaw is needed.
Watching English football in Indonesia is problematic. Indovision doesn’t have the rights to broadcast the Premier League, but as Charlton is one tier below, I’m not that bothered. However, I’ve made it an annual ritual since I arrived here 26 years ago to watch the FA Cup Final which this year was broadcast by local terrestrial channel Indosiar. However, Indovision had a totally different programme on its Indosiar channel.
So, and I hope you’ve reached this far, if Indovision, a ‘Prabowo supporter’, is able to offer alternative programmes on the local channels it beams to its subscribers, will the debate on Metro, a ‘Jokowi supporter’, be replaced by something else?
BTW. The debate’s theme is “Economic Development and Social Awareness.”
That the pairs have similar programmes with a nationalist stance could make for a very boring debate. Moreover, thanks to the media, much of the electorate’s focus will be on oratory skills.
Prabowo is expected to focus on ‘the big picture’ (which in my less than unbiased opinion I’d prefer to call grandstanding.
He is a scion of a line of blue-blooded Indonesians with a prominent economist father, Sumitro Djojohadikusumo, who served as Minister of Trade for both Soekarno and Suharto, and grandfather Margono, who founded state-owned Bank Negara Indonesia.
Prabowo’s rise to political prominence has been funded by his brother Hashim Djojohadikusumo, currently ranked 42 in the Forbes list of Indonesia’s richest. After cashing out of his oil interests 6 years ago, Hashim now controls Arsari Group … whose interests include paper, palm oil, mining and logistics.
Note: According to a survey conducted by the Frankfurt-based Deutsche Bank, if Prabowo secured the nation’s highest office it would be a “disappointment” for investors, .
Before becoming the mayor of Solo, Jokowo was a businessman with interests in property and furniture. His campaign is largely funded by individual donations, and if elected president, it is anticipated that his focus will be on developing and supporting SMEs (small and medium enterprises).
Part of his popularity lies with his propensity for blusukan, of regularly visiting quite poor areas during which he wears informal clothes and spends time chatting to people about problems such as the price of food, housing difficulties, local flooding, and transport.
Note: Investors in the Bursa Efek, Indonesia’s stock market, would prefer a Jokowi win.
Last Note: This post has been edited. I originally understood that the debate was to be between the two vice president nominees, Jusuf Kalla and Hatta Rajasa.
It is hard to glean accurate information from Indonesia’s media given that it is largely controlled by oligarchs with political aspirations. The media therefore cannot be considered objective and impartial.
This is but one example: In early April, an email from Ardiansyah Bakrie, the son of Aburizal and President of VIVA.co.id, emerged in which he berated the top executives for allowing a Jokowi advertisement [to be] placed on the most visible spot on the website, and told those who refused to remove the advertisement to resign.
(Aburizal Bakrie is one of the most reviled politicians who traded his support for Prabowo in return for two – or was it just one? – positions in a Prabowo government.)
Unfortunately, I won’t be able to watch the debate. ‘Er Indoors is hosting the neighbourhood’s arisan so I won’t have access to the TV.