In a recent political development, Indonesian President Joko Widodo chose not to respond to remarks made by the nation's fifth President, Megawati Soekarnoputri. The comments were made during a coordination meeting for the Ganjar-Mahfud volunteer supporters in Jakarta. Megawati, who is currently the leader of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), drew a comparison between the current administration's behavior and the authoritarian regime of the New Order era. The remarks were received with cheers and supportive chants from the volunteer audience.
The Silent Response
When asked about Megawati's statements, President Jokowi refrained from commenting and instead concluded the press interaction with a smile. This silent response has further fueled the discussions around the comparison made by Megawati.
Building A New City: A Matter of Equity
Prior to this, President Jokowi denied claims that the proposed relocation of the capital city to IKN Nusantara in East Kalimantan would increase inequality, as suggested by Anies Baswedan. Jokowi asserted that the construction of IKN is intended to mitigate inequality. Anies Baswedan had previously spoken at length during a Muhammadiyah open dialogue at UMS Surakarta, expressing doubts over the proposed development.
The Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) has openly objected to the relocation of the nation's capital to IKN Nusantara, making it a campaign point for the 2024 General Election. In response, Jokowi simply stressed that the IKN project has been drafted in accordance with the law. As the political landscape continues to evolve, these developments hold significant implications for Indonesia's future.