The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) highlighted in October achievements that have been made under the administration of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla three years after they stepped into office.
PDI-P secretary-general Hasto Kristiyanto said their policies, which have resulted in a drop in the unemployment rate and boosts to infrastructure development, brought about a positive impact to lower-middle income people.
“The unemployment rate is the lowest it has been in the last 18 years, at 5.3 percent,” Hasto said in a written note on Oct. 20.
The PDI-P also noted that the life expectancy rateimproved. Hasto said this was evident in the number of holders of Indonesia Health Cards (KIS), Indonesia Smart Cards (KIP) and Indonesia Welfare Cards, which the government has distributed to disadvantaged people.
Hasto also touched on the strides made in developing the country’s isolated and outermost regions and the allocation of village funds for labor intensive programs and people-intensive sectors.
The policies, Hasto added, have set the foundation for a revival of the economy in villages.
Breakthroughs in infrastructure development made by the government have also resulted in a more competitive economic structure, he said.
“The impact was not only better connectivity between islands, but also lower logistics costs and better distribution of primary needs, which has led to a more easily controlled inflation rate. The success in controlling the price of staples during this year’s Lebaran period was proof of this,” he said.
The PDI-P, according to Hasto, also appreciated the leadership model shown by the President, as he often talked to people directly at the grassroots level.
This model, he said, was a strength of the President and could act as strong armor against attacks from parties driven bypolitical ambitions ahead of the election year in 2019.
“The people enthusiastically supported Pak Joko Widodo, while the other parties expressed nothing more than rhetoric over fabricated issues,” said Hasto.
“For PDI Perjuangan, this sort of contestation is normal, or even positive in democracy. But, as a country known for its spirit of collaboration for a common goal, we must uphold civilized political ethics.”
* This article was previously published on kompas.com with the title “Puji 3 Tahun Pemerintahan Jokowi-JK, PDI-P Soroti Sejumlah Capaian”