Demokrat urges 0% presidential threshold

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Demokrat urges 0% presidential threshold
Deputy Speaker of MPR from the Demokrat Party Faction, Syarief Hasan. Photo: WIKIPEDIA

IO – All are obliged to support the younger generation, says Syarief Hasan, Deputy Speaker of the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) from the Demokrat Party Faction. This will be particularly relevant by 2045, as Indonesia is predicted to get a demographic boon of a vast young population.

“If we talk about young people, surveys show that one would picture someone strong, energetic, resolute and ready to deal with many kinds of challenges,” said Syarief in a discussion held at the Parliament Complex in Jakarta, Monday (1/11/2021).

He described the many issues facing Indonesians, including how to build this nation in the future. For a better nation, his advice is to leave it in the hands of the young.

This also justifes the Demokrat Party having passed its leadership baton to the younger generation, in the person of Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono (AHY). The Party understands the importance of regeneration, which is demonstrated by AHY being the youngest political party chairman.

Syarief, who is also a member of Demokrat Party’s Higher Council, said latest surveys show that the young generation is visionary and full of aspirations. “Because they are strong, they always succeed in implementing
their goals. Those are the inherent characteristics of young people. So, I would say let’s give them a chance. Don’t single them out because they lack experience. If we don’t give them a chance, how can they gain experience?” asked Syarief.

As a former Cooperatives and SME Minister, Syarief regretfully revealed that based on surveys, the leadership manifestation of young people is still minuscule, not even 1% of Indonesia’s 270 million population. That is why Demokrat provides opportunities for young people.

Syarief hopes that in the upcoming 2024 presidential election, Indonesia will have a young president. Thus far, many names have emerged in the presidential candidate arena, such as AHY, Jakarta’s Governor Anies Baswedan, Tourism Minister Sandiaga Uno, PKB Chairman Muhaimin Iskandar – and there will be many more, particularly if the presidential threshold is lowered to 0%.

Syarief stressed that one of the national values is about the regeneration of leadership. Thus, existing policies must be sympathetic to the younger generation, especially since many young people have attested to their achievements.

“Hopefully in 2045, the 100th birthday of Indonesia, there will be more young politicians. I hope that it can happen. We have to give support and opportunities, if we want to see Indonesia move forward,” concluded Syarief. (des)