On­wards and Up­wards

Three celebri­ties share with Anas­ta­sia Wi­bowo and Novranto Hun­tua their life­long dreams of set­ting foot in the coun­try’s po­lit­i­cal scene

Indonesia Tatler - - Contents - Pho­tog­ra­phy Heri b. heryanto

De­tails the po­lit­i­cal agen­das of three In­done­sian celebri­ties who are now shift­ing into pol­i­tics

True Call­ing

Kris­dayanti shares with us the real rea­sons be­hind her dive into pol­i­tics “It has been a long time com­ing,” says Kris­dayanti, open­ing the con­ver­sa­tion with Indonesia Tatler about her po­lit­i­cal am­bi­tions. The hum­ble and adorable pop diva has been a suc­cess­ful singer for some 25 years now, so what has driven her to join the po­lit­i­cal world? “First of all, it is be­cause of my love for Indonesia,” she says. “Pol­i­tics have al­ways been a part of my life. So I have asked my hus­band’s per­mis­sion and the sup­port of my fam­ily, and I feel like this is the right time for me to con­trib­ute for this coun­try.”

For the 2019 leg­isla­tive election, the beau­ti­ful songstress is run­ning as the leg­isla­tive can­di­date with the In­done­sian Demo­cratic Party of Strug­gle (PDI-P) for the elec­toral district of East Java V in Malang Raya. Al­though now based in Jakarta, she still sup­ports her home­town of Batu, a city near Malang. Her vi­sion and mis­sion are in line with PDI-P, which is to ac­tu­alise wel­fare for the In­done­sian peo­ple and ad­vance fe­male po­lit­i­cal par­tic­i­pa­tion. “Women’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in pol­i­tics is still less than 30 per cent,” says the mother of four.

“One of the rea­sons I joined PDI-P is be­cause it has its own po­lit­i­cal can­di­date train­ing, in­clud­ing for the cam­paign team,” Kris­dayanti ex­plains. Would she be wor­ried if peo­ple doubt her com­pe­tency in pol­i­tics? “I don’t mind. But they need to know that I take this very se­ri­ously,” she adds. “If I get elected, I will opt to sit in ei­ther Com­mis­sion VIII or X, as my mis­sion is to im­prove chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tion and pro­mote fe­male em­pow­er­ment,” says Kris­dayanti with a charm­ing smile.

Pol­i­tics, Clean and Sim­ple

Be­ing ready to stand up for peo­ple’s as­pi­ra­tions is the vi­sion of Muham­mad Farhan, who tells us that he wants to win the leg­isla­tive election far away from money pol­i­tics Pre­sen­ter and ac­tor Muham­mad Farhan is a fine ex­am­ple of one of the na­tion’s top celebri­ties who de­cided to take the plunge into pol­i­tics. Join­ing the Na­tional Demo­crat (Nasdem) party, Farhan, who was born in Bo­gor on Fe­bru­ary 25, 1970, ad­vances as leg­isla­tive can­di­date num­ber 1 for the Elec­toral District 1 of West Java, which in­cludes cities of Bandung and Cimahi.

For Farhan, an ad­mirer of na­tional hero and proclam­a­tor Mo­ham­mad Hatta, his strong de­sire to en­ter pol­i­tics is be­cause he wants to be a part of a na­tional move­ment push­ing for pos­i­tive change and progress for the beloved coun­try of Indonesia.

As a leg­isla­tive can­di­date, Farhan is de­ter­mined to make the West Java re­gion— es­pe­cially the cities of Bandung and Cimahi—more ad­vanced and mod­ern, with a healthy pop­u­la­tion and a clean and beau­ti­ful land­scape.

How­ever, in striv­ing to re­alise his goal as a mem­ber of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives (DPR) of the Repub­lic of Indonesia, Farhan wants to achieve suc­cess far away from money pol­i­tics and avoid­ing “black” cam­paigns. Farhan, who is an alum­nus of the fac­ulty of eco­nom­ics of Pad­ja­jaran Univer­sity, ex­plains: “I want to par­tic­i­pate in clean pol­i­tics. The prac­tice of money pol­i­tics is un­wise—and it does not ben­e­fit the pub­lic.” Farhan be­lieves that money should not be an in­cen­tive to vote for some­one. The most im­por­tant thing is to be con­sis­tent, he says, and to stay in touch, di­rectly ab­sorb, and at the same time pro­vide so­lu­tions for ev­ery prob­lem faced by the com­mu­nity.

If God sees his ef­forts to be­come a mem­ber of DPR RI through to fruition, Farhan is ready to serve and be placed on any com­mis­sion, but his choice is the DPR RI Com­mis­sion VII, which fo­cuses on en­ergy and min­eral re­sources, re­search and tech­nol­ogy, as well as the environment.

Child’s Play

Chicha Koeswoyo whole­heart­edly ded­i­cates her ef­forts to the peo­ple Since a hia­tus from her mu­sic, Chicha Koeswoyo, the for­mer child singer who was widely pop­u­lar back in 1976, is now in­volved in pol­i­tics through the In­done­sian Demo­cratic Party of Strug­gle (PDI-P). For the 2019 leg­isla­tive election, she has be­come one of the leg­isla­tive can­di­dates for mem­ber­ship of the Peo­ple’s Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Coun­cil (DPR) of the Repub­lic of Indonesia in the elec­toral district of DKI Jakarta I in the East Jakarta ad­min­is­tra­tive area.

“My de­ci­sion to dive into pol­i­tics is solely to ded­i­cate my ser­vice to the wider com­mu­nity,” Chicha ex­plains to Indonesia Tatler. With her tagline “Once a child singer, now car­ing for chil­dren”, Chicha, who is the first daugh­ter of Indonesia’s famed mu­si­cian Nomo Koeswoyo, has a vi­sion to stand up for the rights of women and chil­dren to be phys­i­cally and men­tally healthy, smart and pros­per­ous. Should she be blessed to be elected as a mem­ber of DPR, Chicha wants to sit on Com­mis­sion VIII, which fo­cuses on women’s em­pow­er­ment and child pro­tec­tion.

To re­alise this goal, Chicha, who is a fan of the proclam­a­tor and first In­done­sian Pres­i­dent Ir. Soekarno, is de­ter­mined to be con­sis­tent in her ap­proach and be ready to min­gle di­rectly with the wider com­mu­nity to ab­sorb and fight for their as­pi­ra­tions and pro­vide so­lu­tions.

“Pol­i­tics is a new world for me,” she says. “How­ever, with the sup­port of fam­ily, friends, and vol­un­teers, none of this will be an ob­sta­cle for me to serve and pro­vide pro­tec­tion for chil­dren and to im­prove women’s wel­fare on a na­tional scale,” says the mother of two, end­ing our con­ver­sa­tion.

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