Tommy’s party says Prabowo will return Indonesia to Suharto era glory

CNN Indonesia – December 8, 2018
Smart Talk Together with Bang Sandi in Palembang – December 24, 2018 (Tribune)
Smart Talk Together with Bang Sandi in Palembang – December 24, 2018 (Tribune)

Palembang – The secretary general of Tommy Suharto’s Working Party (Partai Berkarya), Priyo Budi Santoso, says that the Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno presidential ticket will restore the country to exactly the same as it was under Tommy’s father, Indonesia’s second president Suharto.

Santoso made the statement when he was accompanying Sandiaga at an event titled Smart Talk (Ngopi) Together with Bang [Brother] Sandi at the Gunz Cafe in Palembang, South Sumatra, on Friday December 7.

Santoso explain that during Suharto’s era all sectors of the economy from clothing, food and housing were cheap. Now however, the cost of basic commodities, electricity and even fuel have all gone up.

“Now, Pak [Mr] Prabowo and Pak Sandi want to be present, God willing, to take up the mandate of all you ladies and gentlemen. The two will restore the nation and the country’s economy. The cost of clothing, food and housing will be cheap as it was before during Pak [Su]Harto’s era. Leuwih penak zaman pun mbiyen toh [It was better in that time wasn’t it”, said Santoso.

In addition to this, said Santoso, he himself understands how professional people [sic] such as farmers are still far from what can be called prosperous. Prabowo and Sandiaga, he said, promise to improve food self-sufficiency so that the economy will be better top to bottom.

Sandiaga meanwhile added that he understands the complaints of millennials who are finding it hard get work. He himself, he said, cannot guarantee to increase job opportunities but instead suggests that they don’t work at all.

“It’s difficult find to work? Millennials are finding working difficult? So don’t work, become an entrepreneur [instead]. Become an employer, don’t be an employee”, he said.

Sandiaga related how before he became a business person he was a company employee. But after being sacked, it actually made him more open to the idea of becoming an employer.

“Create your own future, young people must be able to look for new opportunities, become entrepreneurs. You can do it”, he said. (idz/agr)

[Translated by James Balowski. The original title of the article was “Prabowo-Sandi akan Bawa Indonesia Seperti Zaman Soeharto”.]