Yusril Ihza Mahendra's dismissal from the Cabinet, foreign interference, and presidential plans.
Yusril Ihza Mahendra was dismissed from his position as State Secretary in the cabinet of president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on 7th May due to, according to many, the likelihood that he is criminally connected with Tommy Suharto's stealing of state funds. asiasentinel
Yusril Ihza Mahendra.
However deputy chairman of Yusril Ihza Mahendra's party, Partai Bintang Bulan (PBB), Crescent Star Party, Janzi Sofyan, believes that the real reason for Mahendra's dismissal was the interference of businessmen backed by foreigners who fear the application of Islamic law in Indonesia. mediaindo
As State Secretary, Janzi says, Yusril had a strategic position within the government, primarily in having the authority to pick and choose which law bills would come before the parliament for debate. Prior to the reshuffle which left Yusril jobless Janzi says his man had approved fifteen proposed laws based on Islamic law (including, for example, a bill that would subject non-Muslims to Islamic law in Aceh).
The foreigners and their Indonesian business associates who had the "grand design" to develop and grow their capital and holdings in Indonesia were so disturbed by Yusril's success at prioritising Islamically based bills for debate that they decided to get rid of him:
Yusril upheld the Islamic mission and people who didn't want that brought him down. A lot of business interests were at play in his downfall, just count how many politicians are businessmen, it's certain they weren't happy with Yusril being there.
With Yusril gone the capitalists had a freer hand to impose their will on the country, he went on. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was not to blame however, SBY was simply unaware of the powerful forces at work:
It's obvious that foreigners were involved.
It is not certain what Yusril Ihza Mahendra himself thinks about these allegations as he is busily preparing for a run at the presidency in 2009.
Speaking in Jakarta on the 11th Yusril, who is married to the lovely Rika Tolentino Kato, said the PBB's firm support gave him confidence to try for the presidency. However the final decision as to whether to run or not was up to the will of God, he said. mediaindo