Cheap political points

Kompas – September 22, 2012
Cheap political points

Man: Yes! He’s won! Kid: A people’s coalition?

Politician: Not necessarily! (monitor reads ‘political machine’ count)

For many ordinary Indonesians, the contest between incumbent Jakarta governor Fauzi Bowo and Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo has come to symbolise a race between an establishment figure willing to use any means possible – including inciting racial and religious hatred to score cheap political points – and a humble grass-roots figure who would transcend such divisions while hoping to create a new Jakarta.