A peo­ple's pres­i­dent

Southasia - - CONTENTS -

What an up­lift­ing ar­ti­cle on the new In­done­sian pres­i­dent! Joko Wi­dodo in­deed comes across as an ex­cep­tion in the world of pol­i­tics and power where the most im­por­tant fac­tor re­quired for suc­cess and up­ward growth is wealth and so­cial sta­tus. I hope Wi­dodo suc­ceeds in im­ple­ment­ing the same gov­er­nance model at a na­tional level that he ap­plied at the lo­cal level. The chal­lenges men­tioned in the ar­ti­cle are true. It is not go­ing to be an easy job but with con­sis­tency and hard work, he can achieve his goals.

In­done­sia has been un­der mil­i­tary in­flu­ence for a long time. The lead­ers of such coun­tries – where one-man rule has per­sisted – tend to for­get one ba­sic re­al­ity: they can’t do ev­ery­thing alone. Del­e­ga­tion of power is es­sen­tial for the smooth func­tion­ing of the state. It is ex­pected that Wi­dodo will not com­mit the same mis­take and in­stead make a strong team with en­vi­able cre­den­tials to over­see dif­fer­ent af­fairs. Wi­dodo should re­mem­ber that he who tries to be a Jack of all trades ends up be­ing a master of none.

Haiqa Salami

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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