Megawati: “Party School for cadres to know obligations and limits”

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The Party School is opened by PDIP General Chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri. She also presents the materials for the School. (photo: Prive. Doc)

IO, Jakarta – More than 120 Heads of Provincial, Regency, and Municipal Regional House of Representatives (Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat Daerah – “DPRD“) affiliated with the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (Partai Demokrasi Indonesia Perjuangan – “PDIP”) participated in the First Wave of the House Leadership’s Party School. The Party School was opened by PDIP General Chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri. She also presented the materials for the School privately. Additionally, there were leaders of PDIP’s Central Leadership Council (Dewan Pimpinan Pusat – “DPP”), such as Puan Maharani, Djarot Saiful Hidayat, Ribka Tjiptaning, and Hamka Haq. A number of DPR RI members from PDIP were also present, including Rieke Diah Pitaloka, Charles Honoris, Aria Bima, and Utut Adianto. 

PDIP General Chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri reminded cadres who have become members of Provincial, Regency, and Municipal DPRDs to frequently come down and meet with ordinary people. According to her, this is the best way for legislative members to get and maintain the people’s trust. 

Coming down to the people’s level would also help organize the citizens who have voted in these Party members as members of the House. However, Mega puts in the caveat that PDIP cadres must meet the people without resorting to money politics. “I tell you many times, I have never forgot to say this, that if you want to become legislative members, what you need to do is go down to meet the people,” she declared at Kinasih Resort, District of Tapos, Depok, on Friday (22/11/2019). 

Megawati seeks to mold the characteristics of Party members into ideal people worthy of their position as House Leaders through this House Leadership Party School. This is because she has often seen that many House members from her Party seem reluctant to actually go down into the field. She illustrated it with a story of the time she was assigned to the Central Java Electoral Region. At the time, a single Electoral Region includes an entire province, wherein one Electoral Region included just two or three regencies and/or municipalities. “I saw how my men became tired after inspecting just two, three Electoral Regions, just two, three regencies. Do they think that I do not have their records? Some actually do go into the field, but they consistently use money to persuade voters; others speak well, but their absentee rate is high,” she said. “We are holding this Party School in order to ensure that our House members know their rights and obligations in the Party, that they know what is allowed and what is not,” she said. 

Chairman of PDIP’s DPP in Membership and Organizations, Djarot Saiful Hidayat, stated that House Leadership School will be held in two waves. The first wave is for PDIP House Leaders who have completed discussions concerning the Draft Regional Budget (Rancangan Anggaran Pembelanjaan Daerah – “RAPBD”) for their agencies and regional governments. “The Second Wave will be held on 6-8 of December, for people who have yet to complete the RAPBD discussion in their respective areas,” he said. 

PDIP currently has 18 cadres (53%) appointed as Speakers of Provincial DPRD, as well as 12 cadres as Provincial DPRD Deputy Speakers. It also has 161 cadres (31%) for Regency/Municipal DPRD Speakers and 146 cadres for Regency/Municipal DPRD Deputy Speakers. Djarot hopes that these regional legislators will be able to implement the Pancasila ideology, as well as realize the President’s vision and mission all the way to regional levels. “For the national PDIP leadership, such national programs must be properly connected to regional programs. There must be unity and synergy that will allow us to accelerate the achievement of our national vision and mission,” he said. 

Meanwhile, PDIP’s General Secretary Hasto Kristiyanto stated that the DPRD Leadership Party School is extremely important, as many of the Party’s cadres are appointed as DPRD Speaker and Leaders in many provinces, regencies, and cities. The number of House seats obtained by the Party in 2019 has increased 19 seats from that of 2014 (from 109 seats in 2014 to 128 seats in 2019). “PDIP as a pioneering party consistently evaluates itself in order to improve and continue its devotion to the people,” he said. ((Dan)