Tue, 26 Aug 2003

Upset KNPI slams Megawati

JAKARTA: The National Youth Committee (KNPI) criticized President Megawati Soekarnoputri on Monday after its top leaders were denied a chance to meet the head of state.

KNPI chairman Idrus Marham and several other youth organization executives had arrived at the State Palace for a scheduled meeting at 11 a.m., but were told by presidential office staff that the meeting was suddenly canceled because Megawati was preparing for a Cabinet meeting.

Idrus, who spoke to reporters at the palace, said the cancellation was just further proof of Megawati's poorly managed government.

"This is just more evidence of Megawati's incompetence in managing the government. It would only make sense (to cancel our meeting) if some very complicated problem had just arisen here," he said.

Previously, the KNPI had expressed its public support of the current administration, but that support seems to have completely diminished. -- Antara