IO, Jakarta – The appointment of candidacy for the Functional Group (Golongan Karya – “Golkar”) Party General Chairmanship will be made in the National Assembly (Musyawarah National – “Munas”) to be held at the end of the year. The current campaign has been heating up again recently. It cooled down earlier when one of the fierce rivals, Bambang Soesatyo (Bamsoet), was elected as the Speaker of the People’s Consultative Assembly (Majelis Permusyawaratan Rakyat – “MPR”) of RI, while the other, Airlangga Hartarto, was appointed as the Coordinating Minister of Economy. The Munas, which will be properly held next month, is now being prepared by the Plenary Meeting held on Tuesday (05/11/2019) night at the Office of the Central Leadership Council (Dewan Pimpinan Pusat – “DPP”) of Golkar Party in Slipi, West Jakarta.
Golkar’s Incumbent General Chairman Airlangga Hartarto presided over a friendly Plenary Meeting. All attending Golkar cadres were given the chance to speak out in the meeting. The Plenary Meeting was held for about two hours, from 19.51 WIB to 21.35 WIB. It decided that the National Leadership Meeting (Rapat Pimpinan Nasional – “Rapimnas”) will be held on 14-15 November 2019, while the Munas will be held on 4-6 December 2019. Golkar Party’s Primary Deputy Coordinator Bambang Soesatyo did not attend the Plenary Meeting.
Primary Deputy Coordinator Bamsoet later on reiterated that he is unable to refuse the insistence of cadres in the regions who wish him to present himself in the candidacy for General Chairmanship, and not for personal interest.
“This is not about Bamsoet personally. This is about the wider interest of the Golkar Party. I cannot refuse the insistence of the regions who are hungry for change, who want the Party to be managed properly according to the Articles of Association and Memorandum of Association, to return to its greatness as the fighter for and protector of the people’s prosperity,” he said.
Bamsoet further stated that he welcomes Airlangga Hartarto if the latter wishes to put himself up as General Chairman Candidate, that Airlangga is not the only person who has the right to submit themselves for the candidacy. “Mr. Airlangga or any other Golkar Party cadres who satisfy requirements for the position of Golkar Party General Chairman is welcome to submit themselves for candidacy; I support them by not standing in their way. What is most important is that we prioritize fair play and being a gentleman,” he said.
Bamsoet stated that he has not yet decided whether or not he will put himself up for candidacy, but he will make his announcement on the issue soon. “I still have not decided whether I will put myself up for candidacy or not, because we have not even decided when Golkar Party’s Munas will be held. I will make the announcement whether I will apply for candidacy or not at a later date,” he said.
Golkar cadre Nusron Wahid corroborated Bamsoet’s statement that he has the mandate of regional cadres for his candidacy. Nusron stated that Bamsoet would not deny this mandate: “Mr. Bamsoet only discharged the mandate given to him by the Regional Leadership Council (Dewan Pimpinan Daerah – “DPD”) 1 and DPD 2 to go forth. Mr. Bamsoet as a cadre cannot possibly deny and betray the insistence and mandate from the lower-level candidates,” he said.
Meanwhile, Lingkaran Survei Indonesia (LSI)’s Director Djayadi Hanan stated that Airlangga Hartarto’s chance to be re-elected as Golkar’s General Chairman is very strong, that he has great advantage over his opponent. Furthermore, Airlangga’s current position as the Coordinating Minister of the Economy gives him even more advantage, as Djayadi interpreted it to be a blessing from President Joko Widodo. “The ministerial position is Jokowi’s blessing. Or at least, I believe that is how the management of Golkar in general will interpret it – that Mr. Airlangga is the person considered to be a better fit for Golkar’s General Chairmanship,” he said.
Djayadi further notes the support of the Trikarya community of Airlangga is a further source of strength. Furthermore, support also came from a number of DPD 2 in several regions. The Head of DPP Golkar’s Committee for the Mobilization of Opinion and Media, Ace Hasan Syadzily, admitted this support: “We are optimistic that Mr. Airlangga will win the General Chairman Elections in December 2019. We have recorded at least 92% of our voting cadres stating that they support Airlangga,” he said in the Parliamentary Complex.
Djayadi predicts that Airlangga will finally be unanimously named General Chairman again, but in view of current development that Bambang Soesatyo is named the challenger, the Munas will be hot with much debate. “I suspect that there are already internal agreements in place between Mr. Bambang Soesatyo’s Faction and Mr. Airlangga Hartarto’s Faction,” he said (Dan)