Thursday, 23 May 2013 | 05:26
In a forum titled 'Enhancing the Korea-Indonesia Middle Power Partnership',
officials from both countries spoke of the importance of working together.
Thursday, 23 May 2013 | 02:03
In a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry, Foreign Minister Marty
Natalegawa emphasized the importance of Indonesia- USA relationship.
Tuesday, 01 May, 2012 | 12:41 WIB
Will Dahlan Iskan Vie for the Presidency in 2014?
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta:State-Owned Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan is one of many finger-pointed as someone who might run for the presidency in the 2014 elections. The name of the 61-year-old man has cropped up in the top 10 lists of various research institutions' surveys. Even though he has not openly nominated himself, the former chief of the state electricity firm PLN has been making moves to approach the public – with almost all of them catching the eye of the media. Notable examples include holding forum discussions at university campuses. Two weeks ago, he was greeted with cheer when he arrived to give a lecture at the Bogor Agriculture Institute. He also took an economy class train from Jakarta to Bogor – and this was immediately caught by the media - and an ojek (motorcycle taxi) to cabinet meetings. He has thrown tantrums over the congested toll roads, and has brought electricity to remote areas of the island. All these moves were then reported to the press. Unofficially, there are always three aides escorting Dahlan wherever he goes, and organizing where he should go, and should stay away from.
Albeit his moves are not as aggressive as those who have open designs for the presidency like Golkar chairman Aburizal Bakrie or Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) chairman Prabowo Subianto. Hazairin Sitepu, the boss of Radar Bogor and also of his trusted inner circle, said that Dahlan was showing respect to Yudhoyono who brought him to the spotlight with the ministerial position. But, "It is not difficult at all to polish and sell Pak Dahlan," he was quoted as saying in the cover report featured in Tempo magazine of April 30, 2012 edition.
Dahlan once brushed aside the allegations that his efforts were aimed at boosting popularity for his presidential bid. "If I mention that I will become a presidential candidate, people will think that all my hard work have ulterior motives,” said the former journalist of Tempo in February 2012.
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