”To lead a country is not about what can be done to gain the support of the people for the next five or ten years, but to direct the people to a path towards a better future.”
Joko Widodo, or commonly known as Jokowi, is the seventh President of Indonesia elected in 2014 and reelected in 2019. He is the first Indonesian president who does not have a military background or belong to one of the country’s prominent political families. Jokowi is seen as a rising star in Indonesian politics since he remarkably succeeded in gaining a large number of supporters and performing a reform of government bureaucracy to create a good and clean government. Jokowi is a representation of the new generation of Indonesian leader who longs for a country free of corruption, collusion, and nepotism.
Under his presidency, he improves the quality of people’s lives by establishing unpopular but effective programs, including universal health-care, revocation of subsidies, and building infrastructure. Infrastructure development becomes his primary focus to improve transport and connectivity within the archipelago. He starts the long-delayed projects of building highways, high-speed rail, and airports. He also actively maintains Indonesia’s sovereignty by prescribing capital punishment for drug offenses and sinking illegal fishing vessels despite intense pressure from foreign powers.
His populist political style does not only attract a wave of support from civilians, but also has successfully turned their doubt into hope. He has made astounding achievements during his presidency that mark significant change in the country’s political system. The memoir of his four-year administration written in this book is a goldmine: inspiring and at the same time enriching.
By Alberthiene Endah
Language: Indonesian, English
Dimension: 15 x 23 cm
Publisher: Tiga Serangkai, 2019
Represented by Borobudur Agency