THE local, regional, and national levels of leadership tend to be dominated by the vested interest. Unfortunately, the oligarchies and their cronies have so far dominated the political arena. They have accumulated their power again and again. In that condition, the people in the country never get their aspiration fulfilled. Is there really a national interest? The answer is nothing for it.
When the election of any leaders in a country, the candidates are always screened based on the cronies and the oligarchies’ interrelationship. Those who are none of that line of the interrelationship will be excluded during the selection. Or, they will be ousted when already elected using whatever ways.
What applies in the political arena is the line of the interrelationship of the oligarchies. Besides that, the candidates should prepare their tribute money. It is a political commitment with the reason that political campaign need high cost. Anything to be done for the winning team is always supported by big fund. So, without oligarchies’ relationship and no tribute money, the candidates will never be selected. When selected, they will be ousted. It si impossible for making them the local, regional, and national leaders.
The political will that is based on such an attitude will never lead to the prosperous nation. It is the real nation’s prosperity. There is no time for oligarchies considering the whole people. There is no space in the oligarchies’ mind for the whole people interest. What always exists in their mind is their cronies’ vested interest.
It is like a utopia when people hope to get their aspiration realized. Politically, the people are only the votes to be taken but not their real aspiration to be adopted for policy decisions. This always even happens not only locally and regionally but even nationally.
The marginal people and their powerless in any decision making cannot be granted for their expectation. The nation as a whole in a country will be dragged into the oligarchies’ vested interest.
This can be traced in any developing countries, since a long time ago up to this decade. The cronies and oligarchies tend to still enjoy their glory in any aspects. People in general just watch and keep themselves dragged into the oligarchies’ vested interest.
In order that the nation can leave such political practices, there must be a kind of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). It is the national MoU for making a new agreement. It is a national agreement that must be signed by all the representatives not only by the House of representative members’ but also some towering figures in the country.
They have to write all the national guidelines and policies together. It is a kind of national commitment. If necessary, it is a kind of redefinition of the national development goal. In that process, the MoU should be eye-witnessed by the whole nation through the representativeness. Otherwise, the oligarchies and their cronies will always dominate the power and authority. In other words, they always drag the national interest into their oligarchies’ interest.
The most obvious one in oligarchies’ vested interest is the political dynasty. The “blood” root of the leaders become the dominant and the first criteria. Yet, local, regional, and even national leadership should be rooted from the candidates who are free from bias consideration. They must be objectively and naturally elected. By doing so, we can have their ideas into execution for the whole nation’s prosperity. Otherwise, we will live with a utopia forever.
Editors’ Note: Dr. Djuwari is the Head of Research Journal and Publishing Department, STIE Perbanas Surabaya. He is also the guest lecturer at Ottimmo International Master-gourmet Academy, Surabaya; The advisor of Indonesia Association of Press Practitioners/ Journalists in East Java province (HIPSI), Indonesia. He is also the president of the International Association of Scholarly Publishers, Editors, and Reviewers (IASPER).