Monthly Archives: March 2019

No one should underestimate TNI: Jokowi

Makassar, S Sulawesi (ANTARA) – Incumbent presidential candidate Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has reiterated that no one should underestimate the Indonesian Military (TNI) which has been acclaimed as one of the strongest military powers in Asia.

“I need to note this, I already conveyed this during the debate last night, that I believe 100 percent in our TNI. So once again, no one should underestimate our TNI. Do you agree?” Jokowi said before thousand of his supporters, in a public campaign in Karebosi Square here on Sunday.

Also present in the campaign were Vice President Jusuf Kalla and wife Mufidah Jusuf Kalla, South Sulawesi Governor Nurdin Abdullah, former South Sulawesi governor Syahrul Yasin Limpo, Chairman of the Golkar Party Airlangga Hartarto, Chairman of the National Democratic Party Surya Paloh, and chief of Jokowi’s National Campaign Team Erick Thohir.

“We have to protect such a large country. Therefore we have to have a big power, as what I said last night that TNI and the Indonesian Police are big powers,” he said.

According to Jokowi, Indonesia has the strongest military power in Southeast Asia, and it ranked fifth in Asia and 15th in the world.

In the presidential debate held on late Saturday, presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto has questioned the capability of Indonesia’s weaponry.

“Mr Jokowi, please ask your military adviser. It does not mean that I do not trust the TNI. How many submarines do we have? What type, what the capability is? How many aircraft do we have? With a vast area equals to Europe, how many fighters do we have, and how many missile?” Subianto asked.

The two presidential candidate pairs have run their public campaign from March 24 to April 13. On April 17, over 190 million voters will set off to the polls to elect president and vice president, and members of the parliament.

Source: ANTARA News

Jokowi promises to expand infrastructure in South Sulawesi

Makassar, South Sulawesi (ANTARA) – Incumbent President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has promised to expand infrastructure in South Sulawesi if he is reelected as president.

“Just now, I whispered to Mr JK (Jusuf Kalla) that a railway connecting Makassar to Parepare has just started to be constructed. Is it right? It will give a major economic impact on South Sulawesi,” Jokowi said while speaking in an open campaign held in Karebosi Square, South Sulawesi, on Sunday.

The Government has also constructed Makassar New Port, which is a major seaport in eastern Indonesian region, according to him.

Jokowi also mentioned that Indonesia’s first wind power plants were constructed in Jeneponto and Sidenreng Rappang (Sidrap) .

“Do you agree if the plants to be expanded?” Jokowi asked the audience.

The major projects were expected to create more job opportunities, he added.

He asked his supporters to go to polling stations in white shirts on April 17, 2019.

“I should remind us to go to the polling stations in white shirts because the (presidential and vice presidential) candidates that you are going to vote, are also wearing white shirts. White is us and we are white,” Jokowi said.

Indonesia will organize simultaneous legislative and presidential elections on April 17, 2019. Jokowi and challenger Prabowo Subianto are set to go head-to-head in the race.

Source: ANTARA News

Jokowi promises to expand infrastructure in South Sulawesi

Makassar, South Sulawesi (ANTARA) – Incumbent President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has promised to expand infrastructure in South Sulawesi if he is reelected as president.

“Just now, I whispered to Mr JK (Jusuf Kalla) that a railway connecting Makassar to Parepare has just started to be constructed. Is it right? It will give a major economic impact on South Sulawesi,” Jokowi said while speaking in an open campaign held in Karebosi Square, South Sulawesi, on Sunday.

The Government has also constructed Makassar New Port, which is a major seaport in eastern Indonesian region, according to him.

Jokowi also mentioned that Indonesia’s first wind power plants were constructed in Jeneponto and Sidenreng Rappang (Sidrap) .

“Do you agree if the plants to be expanded?” Jokowi asked the audience.

The major projects were expected to create more job opportunities, he added.

He asked his supporters to go to polling stations in white shirts on April 17, 2019.

“I should remind us to go to the polling stations in white shirts because the (presidential and vice presidential) candidates that you are going to vote, are also wearing white shirts. White is us and we are white,” Jokowi said.

Indonesia will organize simultaneous legislative and presidential elections on April 17, 2019. Jokowi and challenger Prabowo Subianto are set to go head-to-head in the race.

Source: ANTARA News

Jokowi rides pedicab to Karebosi Square for open campaign

Makassar, South Sulawesi (ANTARA) – Incumbent Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and his wife, Iriana Jokowi, were riding a pedicab on their way to Karebosi Square in Makassar, where the presidential candidate holding an open campaign rally on Sunday.

M Jusuf Kalla and Mrs Mufidah Kalla as well as Erick Thohir, chairman of the Jokowi-Ma’ruf Amin national campaign team (TKN) also rode separate pedicabs while accompanying Jokowi.

Enlivening the parade were 65 local artists performing two different traditional dances, 50 personnel of a marching band, and 100 athletes of silat martial art.

South Sulawesi Governor Nurdin Abdullah, Chairman of Golkar Party Airlangga Hartanto, and Chairman of National Democrat (NasDem) Party Surya Paloh also joined the event.

The open campaign in Karebosi began at 11 a.m. local time. From Makassar, Jokowi and entourage would proceed to Gowa where some 30 thousand people were expected to attend another open campaign of Jokowi.

At 2 p.m. local time, Jokowi and his entourage would leave South Sulawesi for Manado, North Sulawesi.

Indonesia will organize legislative and presidential elections simultaneously on April 17, 2019, across the country.

Of its total population of 260 million, over 192 million people in Indonesia have been registered as illegible voters.

The 2019 presidential election is seen by many as a repeat of the bitter presidential battle of 2014, wherein Jokowi and Prabowo Subianto went head-to-head.

Source: ANTARA News