State of the Party: SBY’s Embattled Democrats

By N Mark Castro

With the top leaders of SBY’s embattled Democratic Party currently serving time in jail or embroiled in legal battles due to corruption, including the imminent ouster of once golden-boy party chairman Anas Urbaningrum, the Democratic Party can be fairly considered a bottom-dweller at next year’s elections.

Unless, of course, the stars align and the Fates conspire to usher a new politician that would emerge from the ashes of the Democratic Party’s self-destruction.

At present, however, there isn’t a single politician from within the ranks of the Democratic Party that can be considered a credible presidential timber. So far, two names have cropped up among those that have been peddled, the brother-in-law of SBY, Gen. Pramono Edhie Wibowo, and the silver-haired Hatta Rajasa. Both of whom are as exciting as a stale Nasi Goreng.

And so while the country is in a state of confusion as to the direction which the overly-cautious President SBY would wish to take, the much-needed overhaul at the Democratic Party is yet to begin.

Various conjectures have been presented:

  1. Will he address the nation with regards to his political party?
  2. Will he take a stronger stance in the fight against corruption?
  3. Will he confront critics and insinuations with regards to his party’s involvement in the infamous Bank Century Scandal?
  4. Will he coalesce to build stronger ties for next year’s elections?
  5. Will he …

The entire nation is suspended. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, re-elected with the highest margin for his second term, shepherd of a nation with a population of 250 million, a divergent country yet representing the largest Moslem country in the world, covering over 17,000 islands in one of the largest archipelagos in the region … in the most dire situation of the political party which he created that catapulted him to power, instead of addressing the issues before him, instead …

SBYThis was the front page cover of The Jakarta Post today. It cannot be determined whether it’s a slow news day that the paper decided to run it as an earth-shattering front page cover of its grossly expensive advertising pages.

Or that it is, indeed, big news.

But at least now we know what the president is doing in addressing this issue.

Terima Kasih.



About Asmartrock

N. Mark Castro is the Southeast Asia Director of JUMP DIGITAL Asia, which is an internationally-awarded and fully integrated digital marketing agency with 5 out of 10 offices in the ASEAN region. He is also the Secretary General of the Philippine Business Club Indonesia, managing and assisting the traffic of investments between the Philippines and Indonesia. He shuttles between Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar, Singapore, Cambodia, and Australia. The views posted here are his own and do not in any way reflect the views of the companies he represents.

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