PDIP Secretary General: SBY’s Social Assistance Politics Become a Burden of the State Budget

The Secretary General of PDIP said that the populist political policies under SBY were a burden on the state budget.

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA — Secretary General of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP), Hasto Kristiyanto again satirized the administration of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY). Hasto said that populist political policies during the administration of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY), especially the politics of social assistance (bansos), which he said had become a burden on state finances.

“According to Marcus Mietzner, from June 2008 to February 2009, Mr. SBY spent 2 billion US dollars on political populism. This is a burden for the future state budget,” said Hasto in a discussion held by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Indonesia, Monday (1/11).

According to him, this was a consequence of the liberal politics applied at that time. In fact, countries that also adhere to this are also experiencing crises, such as the United States and a number of European countries.

“So the theme of CSIS is very interesting, because it is carried out by a research institution of the caliber of CSIS. So that later it will not be said to be politicized again, when I reveal facts related to the last election,” said Hasto

Political liberalization, said Hasto, has had a number of negative impacts on the implementation of the political system in Indonesia. Some of them are capitalization of power and strengthening of primodialism.

“Then the conflict between Pancasila versus transnational ideology, with the Taliban for example, occurred. Then the conflict between KPU, Bawaslu, DKPP all fought over authority,” said Hasto.

To that end, he encourages evaluation and improvement of the political and electoral system in Indonesia. According to him, the system one man, one vote, one values instead presents money politics in every contestation.

Money politic it is because one man, one vote, one values. Even though it has been explored by the nation’s founders very well, with the diction of democracy, which is now called the deliberative democracy, deliberation and consensus with social justice,” said Hasto.

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