Understanding The Indonesian Unity Party (Perindo) Support to Jokowi
In the first week of August 2017 almost all of the on line medias in Jakarta to have presented the surprise report stating that Perindo Party will support President Jokowi as the Presidential Candidate in the Presidential Election in 2019.
This news report was apparently responded by the political community as un-predicted situation and concurrently to have provoked the various comment and question : first, Perindo has been widely known in its various social activities, definitely in general Perindo has never been considered as a political party. Not any political statement made by Perindo to be released concerning this surprise news. It was not clear what is the background of this development. Second, people tend to be doubt is this news true and tend to consider as rumour. Third, the source of this surprise news is not clear, but it is said this political development will be declared officially by Perindo Party Congress in December 2017. The question in relation with the spread out widely of this news is likely because Perindo is supported by various strong media news report.
This article is intended to compile the scattered information on Perindo Party and to predict what likely is the background of the political attitude of Perindo as publish by various news media .
Political record on Perindo organization reveals the information bellow: The mass organization called The Indonesian Unity (Perindo) was established on February 24, 2013. The political party called Perindo Party was established on February 7, 2015 .The declaration of the establishment was held in Jakarta Expo Kemayoran.
In the declaration of the establishment of Perindo as a political party (February 7, 2014) to be presence as Honorary Quests were the leaders of Political parties : Chairman of Golkar Party Aburizal Bakri, Chairman of Hanura Party Wiranto, Chairman of PAN Hatta Rajasa, Chairman of PKS Anis Matta, Chairman of PPP Djan Faridz, Senior Politician of Golkar Party : Akbar Tandjung and Idrus Marham. Perindo Party was established by a junior politician to join independently the Presidential Eletion in 2019.
However on the beginning of August 2017 this idea likely changed. Perindo Party was reported by the news media will support President Jokowi as the Presidential Candidate in the Presidential Election in 2019.
Based on media record completely the history of Perindo Party could be summarized : The Indonesian Unity ( Perindo ) as mass organization was established on February 24, 2013; Perindo as Mass organization to be declared as the political party called The Indonesian Unity Party (Perindo Party) on February 7, 2014.
Perindo Party was approved by the Ministry of Law and Human Right as legal Political Pary in Indonesia (M.HH-03.AH.112.01 of 2014 on October 8, 2014. To be permitted joining the General Election and Presidential Elction, The Central Commission of The General Election will check the actual performance/physical performance of Perindo Party. This procedure could belikely finished by Perindo in 2018.
In the Presidential Election in 2019 it is applied the regulation of Presidential Threshold 20% seat or 25 % national votes. In this kind of regulation Perindo definitely could not independently join the Presidential Election in 2019.
In that kind of situation Perindo is of the opinion the new strategy to join the General Election and Presidential Election in 2019, has to be made.
The decision of Perindo to support President Jokowi as the Presidential Candidate in the Presidential Election in 2019 is likely the new strategy of Perindo to join Presidntial Election in 2019.
People are now waiting for the Perindo Party National Congress on December 2017 and the declaration of Perindo Party to support President Jokowi as the Presidential Candidate in the Presidential Election of 2019.
This is likely the situation that has happened until August 2017 and the evaluation concludes the Presidential Threshold of 20% seats or 26 % national vote is the background reason of the changing of the political attitude of Perindo Party to support President Jokowi as the Presdidential Candidate in the Presidential Election in 2019. This situation will likely create the political situation within the Government Coalition becomes warmer.
*) Lieutenant General (Ret) Soedibyo, Political and Security Observer.