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Activists demand government action

Student leaders say people still suffer because lawmakers let politics distract them

Twedy Noviady (left) and Noer Fajriansyah (right) Twedy Noviady (left) and Noer Fajriansyah (right)
  • Konradus Mangu, Jakarta
  • Indonesia
  • July 8, 2011
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Activists from various university students’ associations in Jakarta urged the government yesterday to stop procrastinating and actually do something to improve people’s lives.

“Politicians are too busy tackling issues concerning their own political parties instead of making efforts to raise people’s living standards,” according to Noer Fajriansyah, chairman of the Islamic Association of University Students.

When some politicians from the big parties have tried to do something, they are invariably “sidetracked by economic and legal issues,” he continued.

Stefanus Gusma from the Union of Catholic University of the Republic of Indonesia, meanwhile, maintained that corruption is still rampant and decent education for the poor remains out of reach.

“The government of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Vice-President Boediono is leading to structural poverty,” he said.

The activists also accused the government of trying to brush major issues under the carpet.

“I am sure the government tends to ignore many issues and creates political dramas,” Twedy Noviady, chairman of the National Movement of Indonesian Students said.

According to Addien Jauharuddin, chairman of the Indonesian Muslim University Students’ Movement, almost everything related to people’s lives is trapped within a political quagmire.

“The government should focus more on its tasks. For instances, legal issues must be dealt within the boundaries of the law and religious affairs must be seen to be handled without prejudice,” he said.

Jhony Rahmat from the Indonesian Protestant Students’ Movement highlighted freedom of worship, which is a major cause of concern in the country.

“This is an indicator of how much the government has failed to protect people,” he said.

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