Has Megawati got the necessary Islamic credentials to be president, again, or does she like shopping too much.
In the newly-released book Mereka Bicara Mega 38 public figures discuss former president Megawati Soekarnoputri, most of them focusing on her religious credentials, or perceived lack of them, and those of her party, Partai Demokrasi Indonesia Perjuangan.
Amien Rais discusses the question of Mega wearing the jilbab, or Muslim clothing generally, and suggests doing so more often would win her more votes in the 2009 presidential race. Megawati normally only wears Muslim dress when attending religious events and ceremonies.
Megawati wearing a headscarf, fairly untypically.
It might also help to reduce the impact of the PDI's unrepresentative parliamentary list, because it has too many non-Muslims on it. Even in the PDI's heartland of Central Java many of the party's Muslim voters are put off by the lack of proportionate representation of Muslims in PDI Perjuangan, he says. 
Meanwhile Megawati's religious adviser, Aqil Siradi, says Mega often asks him frank and open questions about Islam, such as the correct way of washing before prayer, and whether when travelling to Mecca it is alright to bring along stones from Indonesia to later throw at the stone pillar representing the devil, or whether one must make do with locally available Saudi stones. 
In another new work, Dari Soekarno Sampai SBY: Intrik dan Lobi Politik Para Penguasa, a book of anecdotes about former presidents, Megawati is portrayed as the least talkative of all Indonesia's rulers, a firm holder to the rule that "Silence is Golden".
Megawati was not always quiet when talking to her ministers though, but was generally only roused to speech by matters such as gardening, cooking and food, and shopping, but not affairs of state. On serious issues, she tended to lose her concentration very fast, it is said. 
In politic, you can utilize whatever means you want including wearing those head-scarf or Purdah and make crazy maneuvers to win the election. What’s so critical in Indonesia today is not about who is going to be the next President of Indonesia, but it is about the issues facing Indonesia that need to be resolved by the next President of Indonesia.
RE-electing President SBY nor, President Megawati are not going to change Indonesia significantly and at the very best is maintaining status quo and that is bad for Indonesia.
Future Indonesia Independent Party
Oh, ya, she really shops far too much. Just might be the thing to sustain the world economy in 2009. But alas, even her credit is running low. I say Megawati NO! Come on Indonesia you can do better. Look to the future…
It would appear to me that more people are interested in the personal habits and behaviours of important figures in politics than in their policies and ability to lead change. Would it not be more advantageous to the development of the country if members of parliament were elected because of their astuteness and ability to analyse why Indonesia is not at the forefront of development in the South-Esat Asia region, and their ability to effect positive change. Let’s keep this in mind when the election process begins again early in 2009. The country has so much potential, yet it is only making slow progress in terms of international trade and improvements in the standard of living for a large proportion of its population.
Religious identification is to be signified and preserved as part of Indonesia’s socio-cultural characteristics, not the other way around. It isn’t a maneuver, it’s a trapping. Selling out religion for political profit itself is a disgraceful and corruptible political practice. Both politicians and citizens that intend to foresee a government founded on such mindset are societal toxins, gradually decomposing the nation from core.
Selling out religion for political profit itself is a disgraceful and corruptible political practice. Both politicians and citizens that intend to foresee a government founded on such mindset are societal toxins, gradually decomposing the nation from core.
Agree, therefore, any political parties based on religions should be disbanded and prohibited.
Agree, therefore, any political parties based on religions should be disbanded and prohibited.
In a mature liberal democracy where political parties and decision makers are moderated by Constitution and Law protecting ethnic and religious minorities, religion-based parties shouldn’t be a problem.
However, in a religion-obsessed nation like Indonesia the prohibition of religion-based parties sounds like a good idea because the state just cannot guarantee the protection of ethnic and religious minorities and is bowing down to the growing demand of Islamic fanatics. Now Indonesia has its own Afghanistan (Aceh), several regencies with sharia-inspired bye-laws severely affecting non-Muslims and the latest gem, the infamous porn law. Furthermore there are several religious clubs pressing on banning “golput” (non-voters) from their organizations.
I have to agree with Lanang. This nation is rapidly heading towards disintegration. In my ancestral homeland North Sulawesi more and more people are contemplating a future outside Indonesia and why not? They don’t want to be part of a Negara Islam Indonesia.
The future looks bleak….
In my ancestral homeland North Sulawesi more and more people are contemplating a future outside Indonesia and why not? They don’t want to be part of a Negara Islam Indonesia.
There goes your dream of retiring in Manado ………………….
Anyway, looking at history, I don’t think “Negara Islam Indonesia” will happen. The problem with most of Indonesian are very tolerant to the point that anybody can use, abuse and manipulate them ( I blame it on the Javanese philosophy “eling and nrimo” influence. ) until to the point when suddenly it become unbearable anymore, then there will be an “amok” and another revolution. And according to some people that time is close. You don’t want to be around when that happen.
And when it is all over and done Indonesia will be on its right path lead by “Ratu Adil”. That’s what written in “Jongko Joyoboyo”. Joyoboyo is Indonesian Nostradamus.
Have a very happy and merry holiday, I hope you’ll get the present that you deserve from Sinterklas.
I will retire in Manado, with Indonesia or without it. But I do hope you’re right, Mas.
No and Yes!
What an unbelievably dumb, vacuous, shallow and insanely irrelevant piece of writing.
I cannot believe that you would give the time of day to discuss the non-issue of whether Megawati is a true adherent of the “faith.” This has absolutely nothing to do with whether she can be an effective leader or not.
Mega often asks him frank and open questions about Islam, such as the correct way of washing before prayer, and whether when travelling to Mecca it is alright to bring along stones from Indonesia to later throw at the stone pillar representing the devil, or whether one must make do with locally available Saudi stones.
If the above is so damned important to the wellbeing of this ragged conglomeration of islands euphemistically called a nation, then places like Tangerang and Aceh should stand out as pillars of enlightened leadership. But they don’t.
The truth is that I don’t care how well versed in scripture my potential leader is. I do, however, care what their stand is on universal healthcare, free education, poverty reduction, climate change, human rights and corruption.
Nowhere in your indepth tribute to sycophantic prose do you bring up any of these relevant points. Your propagation of empty, useless, factoids is a typical example of modern elections revolving around “personalities, not issues.”
Shame on you.
Argumentus ad hominem.
She had a chance at presidency before, and I think she simply failed.
Indonesian politics are really funny. The people vote their president based on emotions rather than using their heads !
Only two Governments in the world has a President where in Parliament the majority of the Reps are from the opposition party or not supporting the Presidents. We have Indonesia where the President is SBY from a small unknown party and the House reps are majority controlled by Golkar. In the Palestine, we have President Mahhmud from Al Fatah and Hamas controlling the Parliament !! And nobody listens to these two Presidents!!
Worse still Indonesia has 2 elections in a year ! One for the Party and another for President !! How can this country progress. How can the poor people able to improve their lives.
Why cant they just have ONE Election.? The winning party with the most number of seats in Parliament lead the country with their own President. The Opposition can act as a balance and check role.
With the President coming from the majority winning party then a lot of Bills and proposals can be passed in the MPR and this will of course improve the country as a whole.
Those are interesting comments*
For a democracy to work in Indonesia, the 3 branches of Government must exist and co-equal. They exist but they are not co-equal.
In the past during the old regimes both during President Soekarno and Soeharto administration, the Executive Branch of Government was too powerful. All the power was centralized at the Executive Branch.
Now during the reformation era, the Legislative Branch is too powerful making the Head of the Executive Branch; the President of Indonesia all time lame duck President regardless who the person will be; either former Military General or Non-Military General. There problem here is that the two Branches of Government are not co-equal.
I have been advocating to many Indonesia\’s prominent politicians and political party to draft a new bill to give President of Indonesia a VETO right. That does not mean that the buck stops at the Presidency.
If any bill was vetoed by the President of Indonesia, the Parliament will have the second chance to muscle their power by getting 3/2 votes from the members of the Parliament to OVER RIDE the President\’s VETO. This will put the Indonesia\’s President Co-equal with the Indonesia\’s Parliament.
Above and beyond that, those Indonesia\’s small political parties do not have to worry about promoting their President candidates with much less members in the Parliament. This VETO right will make the Legislative to be more mindful to work diligently with the President of Indonesia.
In a Democracy, the power must be dispersed and decentralized. The Legislative can NOT have higher power than other branches of Government and acting like a soft-dictatorship. Parliament shall be one entity and the Executive Branch shall be another entity that are co-equal and interdependent.
Indonesia is a long way to go from being a democratic country. Fair and Fair Election alone does not make Indonesia a democratic country. But she is on the right track. She just needs to get going improving its public engagements on the field.
The recent “Makamah Konstitusi” decision to give power to the people was the right track to force those Parliament candidates to work harder and pay attention to the interest of the ordinary people. What missing from that decision was ONE THING.
The “Makamah Konstitusi” (Constitutional Court) together with that decision shall add a short clause or provision to PROHIBIT ANY CANDIDATE WHO RUNS FOR PUBLIC OFFICE FROM BUYING VOTES from the constituents in any fashion, shape or form. This clause once against will force those candidates to work harder to come up with attractive and comprehensive program that address the interest of the ordinary Indonesian people if they want to be elected in office.
These are a few examples of hundreds if not thousands things that Indonesia’s politicians need to take on every step of the way. These are just political issues.
How about the depressing economic issues that have been entangled Indonesia for decades, such as: the massive foreign and domestic debts, the massive wasteful spending by Central Government even during SBY’s administration, the declining Rupiah currency for the last 29 years….? The list goes on and on.
I have pointed out and I have written enough about those issues…It’s time to demand for a real significant change in Indonesia. Re-electing President SBY or President Megawati will do nothing but at best, maintaining Status Quo and that is BAD for Indonesia.
The second sad part is that those new comers who run for President do not have real comprehensive programs to address the real and critical issues facing Indonesia. By having lack of vision, lack of programs and lack of ability to foresee the future of Indonesia make them unattractive candidates.
That was why President SBY and President Megawati received higher rating at the recent polls. But if you pay close attention with their records, these both Presidents do not do much to make any significant change in Indonesia because many critical issues are not even being touched.
Just little corrections…and please, be mindful with typo errors….
Indonesia’s Parliament will need 2/3 (not 3/2) to over ride President’s VETO. Knowing that the Judicial System in Indonesia is still COMPLETELY broken, the Executive and Legislative Branch have every duties and obligations to fix it. There are many ways to do it.
the works of KPK (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi) is part of the judicial system of Government. Since Indonesia’s Judicial System is so broken, KPK was created to stand alone. Making KPK a higher entity than the Judicial System, Executive and Legislative Branch of Government is a dangerous recipe. In the absence of broken judicial system is okay. But leaving the way it is for too long will be too dangerous for Indonesia.
This is another step to take on if we want to see democracy works in Indonesia to a point that benefits the citizen of Indonesia at large.
I don’t care where she shops, but she seems to get most of her public statements from the Mall of Boring Platitudes.
Do we actually know what she (and the PDI-P) stand for? I’m more concerned that the Indonesian Presidential election is becoming more like those in the Philippines – big on celebrity/political dynasties/personalities but lacking in real differences between the various party programs.
Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.
Her Excellency former President Megawati Setiawati Soekarnoputri has always been into bringing back the lost glory of Indonesia, I am never from Indonesia, but will always be a foreign observer, I am young, at 23, and also a politician by destiny and peoples’ choice in my own Province. When I was younger, at age 10 during the 1996 chaotic Indonesia Period, I have idolized “Ibu Megawati”.
I see in her the determination and sincerity to again bring back Indonesia’s once great image. The deceased father, His Excellency former President Soekarno will always be a great historical icon that the people of Indonesia will always remember. Ibu Megawati, once Vice President, President, and twice defeated by His Excellency President SBY, will remain as “The Daughter of Destiny”. No matter how many times she gets to win back the Presidency or lose again and again, still no woman or man in Indonesia is born at this time to surpass her great achievements and contributions for the people and country of Indonesia as a whole.
Many have been into criticism by saying Ibu Megawati is incompetent and unfit to rule, but unfortunately to them, Mega used to be President and she has proven her might and wit for several years, if she failed in some angles, she is only human. She is deserving and entitled to her full privilege as former leader of a great nation. If I can only be an Indonesian, and given the chance to cast my vote for a President, I will always be voting for a candidate who has the following capabilities;
1. Financial capability because for the reason that when a candidate is already well-funded, then there is no desire for them to steal the peoples’ money and wealth of the country, 2. Good family background, a quality that will always equip the leader with good thoughts and sincere human actions, good people come from good parents, 3. Crowd’s favorite, no matter how bad or good the candidate is, the people will always be idolizing them, and take note, no one is perfect. All human beings posses bad and good traits.
All these, 1. Financially Capable 2. Good Family Background 3. Crowd’s Favorite
are obviously found on one President, none other than,
PRESIDEN MEGAWATI SETIAWATI SOEKARNOPUTRI
Hidup Mega, Hidup Mega, Hidup Mega!
Megawati Kembali, Hidup baik kembali…
Merdeka! Merdeka! Merdeka!
Datu Zahir Mamalinta, Al-Haj from the Republic of the Philippines, Legislator, Member to the Lakas CMD Ruling Political Party Says:
All these, 1. Financially Capable 2. Good Family Background 3. Crowd’s Favorite
are obviously found on one President
OK, but I believe the incumbent has fulfilled these yardsticks as well. Especially the third one and very convincingly at that.
Just my 2 cents.
1. Financial capability because for the reason that when a candidate is already well-funded, then there is no desire for them to steal the peoples’ money and wealth of the country,
Sure, that worked for Ferdinand Marcos.
To suggest that wealth precludes greed and corruption is beyond naive and disregards much of human history, including that of your own fine nation.
Megawati adalah salah sato tokoh kunci di peta perpolitikan Indonesia ia adalah serum demokrasi ia adalah yang mendorong turunnya Sang diktator Soeharto yang tak lain adalah steru mendiang Soekarno ia adalah korban politik jahat kaum penghianap negara para jendral dagang yang telah mengagadikan republik ini kepada setan besar Amerika dan korporasinya.Megawati tampil sebagai sosok pendobrak ketika para tokoh politk pria menjadi banci/pecundang dan para penghianap reformasi yang membelokan cita-cita reformasi dan dialihkan kepada Jendral yang bertubuh besar tapi berpikiran lamban serta penakut.Megawti di khianati oleh para mafioso yang menghisap harta persada ibu pertiwi demi nafsu kepada duniawi serta menyengsarakan rakyat jelata yang sama -sama berjuang melawan imperialisme/kolonialisme Belanda.Megawti tokoh yang ketika berkuasa di kelilingin musang berbulu domba salah satunya Laksaman Sukardi dan kawan kawan.Megawati adalah idola saya dalam berprinsip dan berpolitik ia adalah represetasi dari totkoh Soekarno meski tidak utuh ia adalah anak biologis dan idiologis Sang Proklamator /jujur/anti korupsi/berjuang ikhklas dan tanpa pamrih Megawati dikelilingi para badut politik dan para politikus busuk yang hanya mengusung uang diatas segalanya dan menghancurkkan moral dan etika berpolitik.dari Haryanto Pusponegoro dari serpihan Revolusi anak bangsa.