Apr 02 2009
There were many government policies in SBY administration era that attracted me to be underlined. Of course these are my opinions which mean freely to be criticized by everyone who reads this. So, why this article is entitled “Our Opportunist President” ? and why did I put a word “Opportunist”?
Okay first of all let`s see the meaning of word “Opportunist”. I got it from my Oxford digital dictionary–a gift from my wife– when I was writing this article, the meaning is “making use of an opportunity, especially to get an advantage for your self”. So the second question is what the relevance is–according to this article’s title.
Let`s begin by doing mind flashback to several years ago when some SBY’s administration policies have been decided. I am sure that you still remember how many times the increased of BBM price are, which have been done in SBY era. Have you ever calculated a total number of percentage of increased BBM in SBY era? The answer is 156% increase of BBM price, and those have been done in just 3 years. How about the decrease of BBM price? Yes, there were three times announcement of decreased BBM price–of course it was done because the world price of oil was decreasing at that time.
You must be curious, why did I entitle this article “Opportunist”?
Okay, let’s see the fact when SBY administration announced the increase and decrease of BBM price in Indonesia. When the increased price of BBM in Oct 2005, the announcement was done by ESDM (Energi dan Sumber Daya Mineral) minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro. At that time, premium price increased from Rp. 2400 to Rp 4500 (90%), “solar” price increased from Rp. 2100 to Rp. 4300 (104,7%), kerosene–or so called “minyak tanah” in bahasa– increased from Rp. 700 to Rp. 2000 (187,5%). What a cruel price increase. We know that most of kerosene users are poor people in Indonesia. The second fact is when the announcement of increased of BBM price in Oct 2008 when average of increased was 28,7%, was done by Purnomo Yusdiantoro again.
BUT it was different when the decrease of BBM price has been announced.
When the announcement of the first decrease of BBM price in 1 Dec 2008, our president Mr. SBY presented confidently about the decreased premium price from Rp. 6000 to Rp. 5500. But the solar price was kept. In the second decrease of BBM price in 15 Dec 2008, SBY–also as a president-to-be from Demokrat party–with smiley face announced it. Almost of the public and private TV station and radio station broadcasted the announcement. The last annoucement was in 12 Jan 2009, and of course it was done by him–Mr. SBY.
From some facts above, we can see that when the critical situations have to be done and announced, our president SBY has never appeared in front of Indonesian people. He just asked his minister to do this risky job. On the other hand, when the announcement of decreased BBM price was broadcasted, SBY with his smile, came and confidently announced the decrease. He proudly announced the decrease and forgot to asking his minister to do the same thing when the announcement of the increase was done. During the twice of increase of BBM price, SBY never declared the policy by himself in front of Indonesian people. When the three times of decreased BBM price, he appeared on television and announced by himself.
So, that is why this article entitled “Our Opportunist President”.
SBY just did the job that gave him advantages, but he asked his minister to do the risky jobs.