President Jokowi is Likely Wishing to Join The Presidential Election in 2019
The General Election and the Presidential Election of 2019 will be definitely held almost next two years but surprisingly on September 4, 2017, a significant big mass gathering attended by more than 1000 participants called The National Meeting III of Projo Group was held at Sport Hall of Kelapa Gading, Jakarta to discuss the preparation of the campaign action of the respective Presidential Election of 2017. This meeting was also apparently attended by President Jokowi and he gave his speech on various matters.
Projo Group were apparently the group of volunteers who were supporting President Jokowi in his Presidential Campaign in the Presidential Election in 2014 and this group was then called Pro-Jokowi Group or Projo Group and it is permanently existing.
In the National Meeting III held on September 4, 2017 Projo Group in unanimity decision resolute the expectation to President Jokowi for assuming his second term as the eight President of The Republic of Indonesia (2019-2024). Consequently President Jokowi has to join the Presidential Election in 2019.
President Jokowi did not make response to the resolution of the participants of The National Meeting III of Projo Group but President Jokowi in his speech said that unluckily there are many people to have not yet known the achievement of the President Jokowi’s Cabinet and even they do not know that President Jokowi’s Cabinet to have worked hard every day even during Saturday and Sunday to perform the people’s interest as formulated in the National Development Program.
Likely President Jokowi wants to say that the Indonesianpeople will also definitely want President Jokowi to continue with his second term as the President of The Republic of Indonesia (2019-2024) if the people know that President Jokowi and his Cabinet to have worked hard for the sake of the people’s interest.
Accordingly President Jokowi requested the members of Projo Group to help the Government to inform the society about the high spirit of working and the achievement of President Jokowi’s Cabinet within the last three years entering the year of 2018 as the busy year preparing the General and the Presidential Election in 2019.
President Jokowi clarified his statement firmly explaining the achievement of various strategic infra structure development program which have been completed and also those strategic infrastructure program which are still in processing to start or to be worked out such as the toll road of Lampung-Aceh.
It is also especially told by President Jokowi the plan to build the rail-road for train in South Sulawesi as definitely the new transportation system in South Sulawesi to be actively started now. It has been also started to be build the harbor of Sorong in Papua, Central Halmaera and Kualatanjung. This infrastructure on sea transportation is very important in the framework to increase the welfare of the people living in the Eastern part of Indonesia.
The condition of the border line is very essential to be perfected because along this border line, the border crossers in and out of the country should be controlled perfectly. Recently the government has started to build the significant important border area between Indonesia with a number of neighbor countries and will be completed all the strategic border lines on all around Indonesia. Based on this idea all the Checkpoint along the border between this country and other countries to have been started to be perfected as a nice permanent cottages , it is no more like the chicken home.
President Jokowi also said that whatever crucial it is but the Government to have been successful to implement the similar price of oil and rice in all around the country including Papua.
2018 is the political year
President Jokowi repeated in front of Projo Group gathering, the year of 2018 is the political year, the important period towards the Presidential election in 2019. President Jokowi said accordingly he had instructed all his ministers to work harder accomplishing all the necessary program which are in relation with the people’s needs. With his instruction as if President Jokowi want to say that when the country enters the year of 2018 President Jokowi as the Presidential Candidate to have strong capital to attract the people to elect him.
Though President Jokowi has not yet declared his willingness to become the Presidential Candidate in the Presidential Election in 2019, however likely he was happy with the resolution of Projo Group who wishes President Jokowi to assume his second term as the President of the Republic of Indonesia. President Jokowi considered Projo Group as the true friend and appreciate them as the militant supporter and asked them to maintain their militancy.
However on the National Development Program, observer tend to analyze President Jokowi in the last three years to have much focusing his mind on the development of the strategic infra structure in the framework of the long range national development program (5-10 years) such as the build up of the rail road for South Sulawesi and Sumatera highway from Lampung to Aceh.
Consequently according to various observers President Jokowi to have been lack of attention to the people’s urgent needs that should be solved by the short and medium range of the national development program ( 1-5 years), such as food, health and homes.
Further observation concludes likely this is the impact of the delete of the State Broad Guide Lines of the National Development Program (GBHN) in our national development.
President Jokowi told Projo members that President Jokowi to have been stressing that the Ministers should work harder for the best result of the development agenda in line with the direct interest of the People and the political campaign informing the result of the strategic achievement of the National Development Program to the society will be done by Projo Group.
Projo Group of all around Indonesia who were resembling in the Sport Hall in Kelapa Gading were happily shouting demonstrating their support to the speech of President Jokowi and their satisfaction that President Jokowi is definitely ready to accept the expectation of majority of the people to become the President of the Republic of Indonesia as his second term or the eight President of The Republic of Indonesia.
Definitely President Jokowi’s statement to have been considered by various observer that President Jokowi to have been apparently ready to become the Presidential Candidate in the Presidential Election in 2019 and to have been preparing and starting to campaign for the Presidential Election of 2019. President Jokowi has clearly instructed the campaign action to be done since now to his supporters Projo Group.
Meanwhile the progress of the National Development Program are definitely compulsory to be informed by the Government to the public. Accordingly the various observer are criticizing that the Minister for Communication and Information to have not worked well. Likely the Ministry for Communication and Information to have been busy only with the electronic and cyber communication problem and forgetting its function on the information service for public.
More cynical comment said though President Jokowi to have not yet declared his decision to join the Presidential Election in 2019 and PDI-P as the supporter of President Jokowi to have not yet officially decided President Jokowi as the PDI-P Presidential Candidate but the National Meeting III of Projo Goup to have been apparently the early Presidential Campaign for the Presidential Election of 2019.
One Gerindra politician said definitely President Jokowi can do whatever President Jokowi wants, accordingly Gerindra does not mind if President Jokowi wants to become the eight President of this country. Also one PKS senior politician reminds President Jokowi to accomplish his mission first and do not be busy with the coming Presidential Election problem. President Jokowi is likely true nearing the year of 2018 the political situation to become warmer.
*) Lieutenant General TNI (Ret) Soedibyo, Political and Security Observer also former the chief of State Intelligence Coordination Agency (BAKIN).