Can all be realized by Jokowi's administration?
Few have doubts or question the intention of the new president. Almost everyone agree that Jokowi has his policies' priorities in the right place, but many agree that the task will be daunting, even near impossible. When so many things have gone right in the election, at the same time, many things can still go wrong. More so, since the foundation that create Indonesia in the last couple of decades remain unchanged.
We can take a few sector as case studies. First the police and the judiciary system in general. The police, attorney general office and the court have not undergo the necessary reform they truly need. The structure of power remain intact, where police officers climbs their way up not through a full meritocracy system but via a patchwork of promotion system that relies heavily on connections and cliques. The prosecutors and the judges are not better off, which is why it is very hard to find a figure from within the law enforcement institution that can lead the reform from within.
Another sector is the political arena. We may complement the General Election Committee for its applaudable works in organizing the presidential election, but do not forget that just a couple of months ago, we criticize the same institution heavily for the lack of order in their vote counting mechanism in the legislative election, last April. A number of complaints were lodged in, without apparent result. It is clear that KPU has not develop a robust-anti fraud mechanism in the legislative election.
And we havent discuss the media sector yet. The election showed us how divisive the media were and how vulnerable our newsroom to pressure and intervention from its owner. We witnessed in embarrasment how formerly respected TV stations with its highly regarded journalists and news anchor turned out to be just a mouth-piece for the politician who happened to own their media. We also watched in disbelieve how institution that were tasked with the responsibility to make sure all of this never happened, stood helpless, unable to enact a single punishment for the repeated offender.
All of this has to change. Without changing this very foundation, the fundamental sectors which supported the old-corrupt-bloated Indonesia, we will never be able to realize the change people were hoping when they elect a modest man from Solo to be our next president. (*)