On Thursday (21/4), Anis Matta said: “The current government is confused; it doesn’t have fundamental solutions to the problems people are facing. It’s merely patchwork policy.”
“There is no room for gimmicks, for example by arresting people in the cooking oil case, just to appease the public anger and hunger because they cannot afford basic necessities,” he added.
In a similar vein, Perhimpunan Pendidikan Demokrasi (P2D) researcher Rocky Gerung also suspects the arrest as part of the government’s “dead cat” strategy in response to people’s and students’ demands for answer.
“Amid intensifying student protests, I suspect the arrest of international trade director general, Wilmar commissioner and the others is a diversionary tactic by the government, a kind of bribe if you will,” said Rocky. (rr)