Where Is Indonesia Going?
Against The Current vol. 87

Miah, Malik

Publisher:  Against The Current
Date Written:  01/07/2000
Year Published:  2000  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX12841

For both admirers and critics of Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid, the picture is disturbing: At the presidential palace in Jakarta there are signs of a new “royal court” in the making. Officials converse in Javanese, not the national language Bahasa Indonesia; Wahid himself borrows from mysticism and ancient tracts to plot political strategy; and family and friends are acting as gatekeepers and facilitators, in some cases for businessmen hoping to curry favor. Some analysts describe it as a form of “benign Suhartoism,” a throwback to the disastrous last decade of President's 32-year rule.

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