The Second Debate for 2019 Presidential Election in Jakarta - Photo: Special

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Comparing rampant and massive corruption in Indonesia with “stage 4 cancer”, the opposition stressed the need for fair elections, clean governance, and a rule-based system. Instead, the incumbent emphasized the continuation of infrastructure development that had been carried out by prioritizing programs on economic empowerment.

“If elected, our first priority is to gather a team of the best and brightest people with integrity to carry out reforms to create a clean and non-corrupt government, he said in a grand campaign at the Bung Karno Stadium Jakarta, Sunday (04/7).

He believed clean bureaucracy and politics would attract businesses to invest in Indonesia, and pointed to the success story of Singapore, which he said was largely due to a clean government that obeyed the rule of law.

“This is what Indonesia needs. Indonesia needs to act together, “he said, adding that Indonesia was racing against time to eradicate corruption and have a clean and meritocratic society.

Therefore he is committed to realizing law enforcement that is fair, not selective, and transparent and the application of quality bureaucratic reforms.

“It’s time for us to win, we apply bureaucracy with open and accountable management. We will encourage the corruption commission, the police, and the judiciary to be free and independent in carrying out their duties, not to be intervened by other parties, ” he said in Yogyakarta while promising to accelerate the improvement of state apparatus welfare and implement quality bureaucratic reforms.

While during a campaign in Magelang, Central Java on Thursday, Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno sold out three priority programs, including a reduction in basic electricity tariffs, stabilizing basic food prices and opening new jobs.

“We see our country is abundant if we fix it in a short time, then the price of electricity can go down, especially for the lower middle class. We will make sure the prices of basic foods can be stable, can be reached by mothers who go to the market, “he said.

In addition, he will also improve people’s welfare by opening employment opportunities. If elected, he promised to provide 15 million jobs in the period 2019-2024.

Meanwhile, incumbent candidate Joko Widodo again touched on the question of massive infrastructure development that had been carried out. He stated that after this he would prioritize programs on economic empowerment.

“After we work on large infrastructure, we begin to shift to regional economic empowerment, village economics, with innovation and appropriate technology. Navigate there. If there is infrastructure that has not been completed, work on it. Turn on the new economic name in the village, in the sub-district, so that all goods can be marketed,” he said during a campaign in Batam on April 6.

A similar commitment was conveyed by Widodo when campaigning in East and West Nusa Tenggara, April 8. In front of his supporters, he promised to build Indonesia from the periphery by strengthening regions and villages within the framework of a unitary state. This is proven by the provision of Village Funds which in 2018 the budget reaches Rp. 60 trillion for 74,958 villages throughout Indonesia.

“I am reported by my minister, so far the village fund has produced thousands of kilometers of village roads, bridges, clean water connection units, posyandu units, village markets, etc.,” he said, which was greeted by supporters of applause.

The discourse about foreign labor in Indonesia was also touched upon by Widodo while campaigning in West Java on Thursday while emphasizing that the amount was only 0.03 percent of Indonesia’s total population.

“The number of foreign workers in Indonesia is only 80,000 compared to 260 million Indonesians,” he said, then said the number was far smaller than in the United Arab Emirates which reached 80 percent, Saudi Arabia 33 percent, and Malaysia five percent.

He also mentioned the land certification which would be continued if he was re-elected. “In 2017, throughout Indonesia, 5.1 million land certificates have been issued, 2018 as many as 9.4 million certificates. This is given so that people have legal status on their land so that the community is calm and peaceful,” he said.

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The public was shocked by a video that allegedly cast ballots in Selangor, Malaysia, spread through social media. The video describes the situation of the discovery of the bag containing ballots by a number of residents there. It was also stated, the ballot was broken for the pair of incumbents Widodo-Amin and the Nasdem Party legislative candidate.

This finding was confirmed by a member of the Election Wacht Fritz Edward Siregar. He said the ballot that was cast off was the first time found by election supervisors in Kuala Lumpur. He ensured that the ballot video was punched right and not false news. Even so, the commission has not been able to ascertain the number of ballots cast over.

But the commission said, there were a number of strange things related to the implementation of the election voting in Malaysia. For example, during the voting process using the mobile ballot box method, the Overseas Election Committee refused to be accompanied by the Overseas Election Supervisory Committee.

In addition, the commission said, there was an Indonesian Deputy Ambassador to Malaysia who currently serves as one of the foreign election committees. In fact, the child of the Ambassador is currently participating in running as a member of the House of Representatives which covers the foreign territory.

For the incident, the Election Watch asked the election commission to temporarily stop voting in Malaysia. “We will ask the commission to stop voting throughout Malaysia temporarily until everything is clear. There is structured, systematic, massive fraud,” Siregar said.

But until now the commission claimed that it had not received an official election supervisory letter regarding the request for temporary termination of voting in Malaysia. Therefore, the commission will not take steps until their official letter is received.

Commission commissioner member Wahyu Setiawan said on Friday that in principle, the commission wanted to get information first. Furthermore, they will carry out clarification so that they get accurate and accountable information.

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