The aggressive implementation of neoliberal policies in Indonesia cannot be halted by a small handful of groups. At the moment moreover neoliberalism has again succeeded in maintaining the status quo by taking advantage of the interests of the political parties that are thirsty for power and positions.
Justice and Prosperity Party (PKS) advisory board (MPP) member Soeripto says that neoliberalism can only be blocked by collaborating.
"As a member of the PKS' MPP I am ready to collaborate with the PRD (People's Democratic Party). Let us not be egotistical in confronting neoliberalism alone. We must unite", said Soeripto at a seminar on the international situation at the PRD's congress at the Acacia Hotel in Central Jakarta on Wednesday March 25.
The intelligence observer [and former State Intelligence Agency (BIN) chief – JB] emphasised that he is ready to advocate on behalf of the PRD if there are groups that accuse them of being a communist party.
"The PRD must maintain the people's trust. Because right now the people are increasingly losing their faith in the political parties. This will not be easy", he said.
In addition to Soeripto, the seminar also presented National Resilience Institute (Lemhannas) deputy for education TNI Major General Tony SB Hoesodo who elaborated on the state ideology of Pancasila which is the PRD's current ideology. [cho]
Tony Hoesodo is a former Army Special Forces (Kopassus) officer who worked on former New Order general Prabowo Subianto's presidential election campaign in 2014 and has known Prabowo since 1989.
[Translated by James Balowski for the Indoleft News Service. The original title of the report was "Dedengkot PKS Ajak PRD Bersatu".]