The sweet promises of the political elite's presidential candidates

CNN Indonesia – September 11, 2023
Presidential candidates Prabowo Subianto, Anies Baswedan and Ganjar Pranowo – Undated (CNN)

Jakarta – Ahead of the 2024 elections, the political elite who have stepped forward as presidential and vice presidential candidates have begun to outline their promises if elected. These promises have been conveyed publically on several occasions.

Summarised by CNN Indonesia, the following are the promises that they have conveyed to the public.

Prabowo Subianto

Greater Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) Chairperson and Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto, who is supported by the Forward Indonesia Coalition (KIM), has promised that all raw minerals such as nickel and bauxite would be processed in Indonesia or prohibited from being exported. According to Prabowo, Indonesia must be able to process its own natural wealth without interference from other parties.

In addition to this, Gerindra has stated that Prabowo will launch a free food program for a number of social groups if he is elected in 2024.

The free food program will be allocated to school students, pre-school students and pregnant mothers so they obtain a balanced nutritional diet. If implemented daily, the program will require a budget of as much as 400 trillion rupiah annually.

The Gerindra chairperson has also promised to endeavour that Indonesia is able to achieve food self-sufficiency so it no longer depends on food imports.

Ganjar Pranowo

Former East Java governor Ganjar Pranowo, who has been nominated by the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), has a plan and hope to increase teachers' wages by up to 30 million rupiah a month for educators who have taught for an extended period. For new teachers meanwhile it will be around 10 million rupiah a month.

Anies Baswedan

Former Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan, who is being supported by the Coalition for Change, has promised to focus on improving family welfare in Indonesia. He says that idea behind the change he will bring in is to abolish the worries of Indonesian families over four issues.

He promises affordable basic commodities, employment opportunities, healthcare guarantees and access to quality and comprehensive education.

Muhaimin Iskandar

National Awakening Party (PKB) Chairperson Muhaimin Iskandar (Cak Imin), who will now accompany Baswedan as his vice presidential running mate, is also said to have a program plan.

Quoting from Detik, the PKB elite say that Iskandar will endeavor to provide free fuel to everyone in society. This discourse had already been raised by Iskandar when the PKB was still part of Prabowo Subianto's coalition.

At the time Iskandar said that he would bring down the price of fuel. He also plans to initiate a free electricity program for the poor that will be allocated to 24 million households with a 450 and 900 VA electric capacity who are currently receiving an electricity subsidy. (khr/tsa)

[Translated by James Balowski. The original title of the article was "Daftar Janji Manis Bakal Capres dan Cawapres 2024".]