Sun, 24 May 2009
From:
By Sunanda Creagh
JAKARTA, May 22 (Reuters) - Indonesian opposition leader and presidential candidate Megawati Sukarnoputri said on Friday she would take a tougher stance in contract negotiations with foreign resource firms if elected in July.

Megawati, is a former president who heads the PDI-P party and is standing against incumbent Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Vice President Jusuf Kalla in the July 8 presidential vote, which is likely to focus on economic issues.

"We have a real weakness in the way we write our contracts. We are too polite," she told a meeting of business leaders, citing as an example the huge Grasberg copper mine run by PT Freeport Indonesia, unit of U.S. firm Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold (FCX.N) in Papua, also known as Irian Jaya.

"I went to Freeport and I saw the way the earth is being exploited but the local Irian people are kept down," she said.

The mine has been a frequent source of controversy over its environmental impact and the share of revenue going to Papuans.

Indonesia is rich in mineral and energy reserves and has a number of global resource firms operating in the country, although the deals are often politically sensitive despite an urgent need for more foreign investment.

Yudhoyono is currently well ahead in opinion polls for the election. Under his administration, Southeast Asia's biggest economy has had its strongest growth in a more than a decade.

The government has forecast growth will slow to 4-4.5 percent this year, against 6.1 percent growth last year, but still higher than many other Asian countries.

Yudhoyono said on Wednesday that if he was elected for a second term his government could improve the investment climate to lift economic growth to 7 percent by 2014, while Kalla said an administration under him could achieve 8 percent growth.

Megawati declined to give a specific growth number that she could achieve, but said double-digit growth was not impossible.

Yudhoyono's approval rating in a recent poll of 67 percent, against 12 percent for Megawati and 2 percent for Kalla, makes it almost certain he will win a second term, bar some unexpected blow.


Sun, 24 May 2009
From: JakChat
Comment by chewwyUK
Wasnt this woman predicting 10% growth this year if elected? I am sure i saw that in the post a week or so ago. Either way it doesnt matter as she doesnt have a chance of getting in.


Sun, 24 May 2009
From: JakChat
Comment by KuKuKaChu
certainly, she doesn't have a hope. however, didn't stop her and probowo from having long and heated arguments about how many ministers prabowo would get to appoint (10) in their new govt. they are either deluded fools, or they have some sort of cunning plan ...


Sun, 24 May 2009
From: JakChat
Comment by chewwyUK
Cunning, Plan & Mega are not three words I would ever use in a sentence


Sun, 24 May 2009
From: JakChat
Comment by KuKuKaChu
indeed, i was imprecise with my words. should have read: "or Prabowo has some sort of cunning plan ...". that plan would invariably involve the use of huge sums of money. and prabowo has plenty of that to spare, not to mention the financial resources and backing of the Cendana group.


Sun, 24 May 2009
From: JakChat
Comment by Polisi Cepek
Quoting: biznews
Indonesian opposition leader and presidential candidate Megawati Sukarnoputri said on Friday she would take a tougher stance in contract negotiations with foreign resource firms if elected in July.

"We have a real weakness in the way we write our contracts. We are too polite," she told a meeting of business leaders, citing as an example the huge Grasberg copper mine run by PT Freeport Indonesia, unit of U.S. firm Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold (FCX.N) in Papua, also known as Irian Jaya.

"I went to Freeport and I saw the way the earth is being exploited but the local Irian people are kept down," she said.


This is the ultimate in brazen hypocrisy. During her term, she mis-used the President's national emergency legislative powers to make a sweetheart deal for thirteen foreign mining companies to circumvent the forestry law, no doubt in exchange for a big chunk of re-election donations. One of the companies was Freeport.


Sun, 24 May 2009
From: JakChat
Comment by Piss Salon
Van Zorge Report: Is he, Taufik Kiemas, the real power behind PDIP or is it more a partnership?

Janis: They work together. In the beginning we believed Kiemas controlled Megawati but just before we separated we changed our opinion - they work together. Have you seen Bonny and Clyde the movie? It’s very similar to that. They play ‘good cop and bad cop’. That’s why we were confident with our decision to split from PDIP, which is controlled by the family, the husband and wife. And now their daughter.

Van Zorge Report: Was the corruption within PDIP another factor in the parting of ways?

Janis: Yes. As I say, they work together, not just to control the party but they work together to do the corruption. The last case, which has received some attention, is the controversial Tangguh gas deal with China. This is one example of how they work together: Megawati, as president, sent her husband to China as an envoy. That is against the law. When Megawati sent Taufik to China, she asked me my opinion. I said, ‘that’s wrong, that’s wrong’. When Taufik got back from China, I was very surprised when he told me, ‘Roy, I got a lot of money from China’. I was very close to both, and they talked openly to me. Maybe it is a secret, but for me, no, it is not a secret.

Van Zorge Report: Did you call the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK)?

Janis: If they ask me to be a witness, I will. I will tell the story. This is big corruption.

Van Zorge Report: Well, I have to ask you this question then. Your very own Laksamana Sukardi, the former minister of state-owned enterprises, his name has been linked to the massive corruption case involving state oil and gas company Pertamina. He is not considered clean also. Isn’t PDP just a repackaged version of PDIP that spells more of the same for the Indonesian people?

Janis: If it is a problem, our party wouldn’t have grown as it has. This I told to Laksamana.

Van Zorge Report: So the people don’t believe the corruption allegations?

Janis: I can’t say so using words alone but we can prove it by the increasing number of supporters.

Van Zorge Report: Do you believe it?

Janis: I follow the people (laughs). The Attorney General’s Office couldn’t find any single mistake, corruption, on behalf of Mr Laksamana. This case was politically motivated.



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