TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Secretary-General of the Berkarya (Working) Party Priyo Budi Santoso, said that the blusukan (field monitoring operation) by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo had actually been done by former President Soeharto.
"Maybe [Jokowi] wanted to continue previous presidents' habits, including Pak Soeharto," Priyo said at the Berkarya Party Central Board office on August 3, 2018.
However, Priyo said that there is a difference between Jokowi's field trip compared to Soeharto's. Priyo said that former President Soeharto never called a field trip it as 'blusukan'.
"The difference is that Pak Harto never calls it as blusukan, and Pak Harto's blusukan was never broadcasted, which means it was really discreet," Priyo explained.
However, Priyo still appreciates Jokowi's style of doing field inspection. "We really appreciate such style of blusukan," he said.