When giving a speech, she said: If I want to have a daughter- or son-in-law, I told my children, careful if you find someone like a bakso seller.
This was added to by: ...for example people from Papua are totally black, yeah... when I went to Papua... I thought, 'how come I'm all by myself'.
Not long ago the President of the Republic of Indonesia was left to sit in a wooden chair, in the position of 'facing the boss' while she sat in a comfy chair ala the boss.
So you feel your better than a bakso seller, a Papuan and even the President... okay then, the most SUPERIOR one.
Former President Megawati Sukarnoputri, who is also the long-serving chair of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), has been widely criticised for comments she made at the party's 2022 National Meeting on June 21.
Megawati told the audience how she had warned her children, including daughter Puan Maharani, not to bring home a meatball soup seller (tukang bakso) as a prospective partner, prompting laughs from members of the audience, including Maharani and President Widodo. Megawati then went on to say that she was glad that black West Papuans were starting to intermarry with migrants – like coffee with milk (kopi susu) – therefore becoming more Indonesian.
A viral Instagram selfie video uploaded by Maharani – also on June 21 – in which President Widodo is depicted as being summoned by a superior, has also attracted negative comments from netizens.
In the video, Widodo is seen seated in an ordinary chair across from a desk facing Megawati. Megawati, who is sitting in an executive chair, is seen speaking to the President and three other senior officials seated on one side of the room. At one point, Widodo – who appears to be attentive and agreeing with what Megawati is saying – turns and waves briefly at the camera.
The video, which has since been widely circulated, drew negative reactions on social media, with many criticising the posting as a lack of ethics, and intended to show that a ruling party chairperson is above the president.
In a speech during a PDI-P congress in 2015, six months after Widodo was inaugurated as president, Megawati said she demanded that Widodo obey party orders because he was just a party official, and that she was in charge of the party.