PDIP Labeled As PKI, Megawati is Upset

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  • PDIP Chairwoman Megawati Soekanoputri. TEMPO/Imam Sukamto

    PDIP Chairwoman Megawati Soekanoputri. TEMPO/Imam Sukamto

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Chairwoman of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) Megawati Soekarnoputri expressed her frustration during a speech in the declaration of six candidates for governor and deputy governor in the Office of the DPP PDIP, Lenteng Agung, South Jakarta.

    Megawati was upset because the party she led was often associated with the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI).

    "Always using PKI accusation, please use the ethic (in politic)," Megawati said on Sunday, January 8, 2018. "My party is PDIP, the ideology is Pancasila, that (PKI accusation) is insulting, PKI no longer exist."

    Megawati claimed that she had complained to Nahdlatul Ulama officials regarding the assumption. Moreover, the figure of his father, the first Indonesian President Sukarno also once referred to as PKI.

    According to him, Sukarno has been given the title by NU as waliul amri adlaruri bissyaukah. "It means the leader of the Indonesian nation whom his orders must be obeyed until whenever. It is impossible if he joined the forbidden party," she said.

    Megawati also felt sorry for President Joko Widodo or Jokowi who often get labeled as PKI. It affected the party bearer, PDIP is labeled as PKI. "(Jokowi) labeled as PKI, his mother is labeled as Chinese. I know his family very well," she said in an annoyed tone.

    In August 2017, Gerindra Party politician Arief Poyuono, through a written statement had equalized the PDIP with PKI. Arief alluded to PDIP's statement that criticizing Prabowo's statement about the presidential threshold in the Election Law.

    "The existence of PKI itself has finished, so Prabowo should not criticize the Election Law which is considered as a political joke and lie to the people, it is thought that he had the ambition to be President. Why Hasto (Kristiyanto) act as Secretary General of the anti-criticism party," said Arief. "Well, usually the character of the PKI is anti-criticism and violates the constitution, so it is reasonable if PDIP is often equated with the PKI."

    For his remarks, Arief was reported to Polda Metro Jaya by the PDIP organization, the Volunteer for Democratic Struggle (REPDEM). Gerindra had time to ask for Arief’s responsibility at that time.

    In addition, PDIP has reported Alfian Tanjung on the same charge. He (lecturer and preacher) mentioned that PDIP filled by PKI cadres. He is currently undergoing trial for the defamation case.