Sat, 12 Aug 2000

From: Jawawa

Indonesia's politics

The Indonesian people and the international community are sick and tired of the ongoing internal discord within the administration. It is not as if the infighting has stemmed from disagreements over any particularly worthy cause. All the political party leaders should recognize this clearly.

The Wahid administration is attempting to show the public that it is making efforts to achieve social justice by prosecuting former President Suharto on charges that he accumulated much of his wealth illegally.

But unless the administration shows the public that it has clear-cut solutions to pressing issues, it will be difficult for the administration to get off the ground.

It is widely recognized that Indonesia, a country with a complex, multiethnic society, is difficult to govern.

Although there has been political friction over the way (President Abdurrahman) Wahid manages the government, his reform efforts should not be disrupted halfway through.

-- The Yomiuri Shimbun, Tokyo