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08-04-2015
'The Indonesian government has adopted neo-liberal economic system'
Author : M Djoko Yuwono, Senior Editor of Pos Kota Group, Jakarta.

It is quite clear the Indonesian government has adopted the neoliberal economic system. One essence of neoliberalism is trading various types of public goods and services: energy, food, water, air, forests, ports, highways, health, public transport, education, and so on.


Neoliberalism makes all public goods subject to the market mechanism. The government responsibility in matters of supply and service for the welfare of the people is put aside. The fate and welfare of the people are  based on the market. The concept of 'citizen' is lost, turned into the concept of 'consumer'.

Starting from the removal of fuel subsidy, followed by electricity rates, and toll rates, the prices of goods are up and down following the needs of the market mechanism. There is no price stability. Citizens are really positioned as a consumer for a small group of capital owners through any regulatory instruments issued by the government.

In regard with the reality, the question arises: has government represented the interests of citizens or represented the interests of capital owners? Does not Article 33 of the 1945 Constitution paragraph (2) state that “all vital sources of production those essential for the lives of the people must be controlled by the state.” This is affirmed in Article 33 paragraph (3) “the land and the water as well as the natural riches therein are to be controlled by the state to be used to the greatest benefit of the people.”

Why should the (1945) Constitution be made if not obeyed? Are not there sanctions for state officials who violate the Constitution? If so, what kind of sanctions?



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