TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Incumbent Presidential Candidate Joko “Jokowi” Widodo was critical against Sandiaga Uno’s way of using individual testimonies from citizens to represent the condition of Indonesia’s macroeconomics.
Jokowi maintained that one or two opinions cannot be used as a basis to determine the condition of Indonesia’s economy as a whole.
“Managing macroeconomy is about production and aggregate of production, it cannot be based solely on one person’s opinion,” said Jokowi in the final presidential debate on Saturday evening, April 13.
During the debate, Sandiaga Uno repeatedly used the testimony of several people to further back up his argument on Indonesia’s economy. One case he mentioned was his encounter with a resident identified as Mia of Tegal, Central Java, who complained about her electricity bill that spiked from Rp300-400 thousand to over Rp1 million.
Based on Mia’s testimony, Sandiaga argued that the country’s electricity tariff poses a burden for every Indonesian citizen.
Furthermore, Jokowi said that managing macroeconomics must be based on the total production aggregate and demands. He argues that Sandiaga Uno’s method us acceptable in discussing micro economy instead of the macroeconomy.
“The state economy is distinctly different,” said the incumbent.