The Partai Keadilan Sejahtera (PKS) as a nationalist party and the Jakarta governor's election.
The Justice/Welfare Party's leader Tifatul Sembiring said on 26th March that the PKS was a nationalist party, in fact more nationalist than those parties which usually have the label, because the PKS loved the unitary republic of Indonesia and struggled for its advancement. The party worked within the legal framework of Indonesia, and played by the rules, he said.
Speaking in response to criticism levelled at the PKS that the party threatened the unity and integrity of the nation, presumably because of its overtly Islamic basis, Tifatul Sembiring went on to say that while the PKS was nationalist its philosophy was grounded in faith in God. Nationalism which was dishonest, secular and irreligious, had to be rejected.
The Partai Keadilan Sejahtera respected the pluralism of the country, he said, and all people were free to follow their own religion, within the law and provided they did not disturb others.
In Jakarta, where the party has nominated the pair of Adang Daradjatun (a former National Police deputy chief) and Dani Anwar for the upcoming governor's election, the PKS had won the most votes in the 2004 elections (22.8%), he said, and it had never threatened the interests of minorities nor worked solely for one group in society.
Adang Daradjatun, lower right.
Adang Daradjatun later spoke and said that he planned to change Jakarta into a centre for
business with good morals
When asked to elaborate on this, he said that he would fight the sale of pirated VCDs and DVDs and would control sales of alcohol.
When we talk about a society with good morals, we're talking about not drinking and not committing crime.
A big coalition of 17 parties, including the Democratic Party, which took the second largest number of votes after the PKS in the 2004 election (21%), as well as the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle, PDI-P (13.5%) and Golkar (8.3%), recently gave their support to incumbent Deputy Governor Fauzi Bowo, who will now run for governor. They have yet to name Fauzi's running mate.
Only the National Mandate Party, PAN, (7.2% in 2004) and the National Awakening Party, PKB, (3.4%) are still yet to name a candidate. Former president Abdurrahman "Gus Dur" Wahid, the PKB's founder, has said that the party will support Sarwono Kusumaatmadja, an MP. antara
April 4th 2007.
PAN have decided to join the PKB in giving their support to Sarwono Kusumaatmadja. A running mate has not yet been chosen. mediaindo The youth wing of PAN, however, had earlier voiced support for Adang Daradjatun. mediaindo