President's Chief of Staff Rebuffs Criticism Against Jokowi-Ma'ruf

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  • Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko. ANTARA/Nova Wahyudi

    Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko. ANTARA/Nova Wahyudi

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko on Wednesday responded to the wave of criticism coming from political observers collectively alleging that the Jokowi-Ma’ruf Amin administration had acted repressively and undemocratically.

    Moeldoko claimed the government was only trying to maintain equilibrium and stability of the country’s political realm and democracy. The wave of criticism came from human rights watchdog KontraS.

    “We are merely maintaining equilibrium. There is an art to maintain stability but without sacrificing democracy. If we ignore stability then there will only be tendencies toward anarchy,” said Moeldoko on Wednesday, October 21. 

    He argued that democracy must be escorted by appropriate regulations and mentioned the analogy of the United States’ Liberty statue where the “fire of freedom is held high but while holding tight to the constitution,” said the presidential chief of staff.

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