People with capital now dictate the ruler. To become a regent or governor, candidates require tens to hundreds of billion rupiah while it takes trillions of rupiah to become a president.
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President Joko Widodo’s statement that “Mafias are everywhere, everywhere is mafia” rings true. It is a real condition that persists.
The reality is inseparable from the situation during the New Order, when big businesspeople were groomed and received privilege, facilities and protection from [...]