Democracies are not necessarily free, but Indonesia’s is far from one of them. In recent years, the country has become more democratic and has been a model of freedom for other countries. Its political system is based on popular sovereignty and holds parliamentary and presidential elections every five years. While these elections are considered free, they are plagued by corruption, nepotism, collusion, and money-politics. The majority of these laws date back to the Suharto era and Dutch colonial rule.
A major flaw in Indonesia’s system is the fact that local legislatures rubberstamped the appointments of Jakarta’s executive. After the 1998 transition, regional legislatures were allowed to choose regional executives, but this weakened the voice of citizens. In addition, a large portion of the country’s population lives in poverty, which left them open to the exploitation of old elites and radical sectarian elements.
Although Indonesia has a diverse and vibrant media landscape, its legal restrictions hamper its ability to do so. In 2008, the law on electronic information and transactions extended the scope of libel to include the internet. It also criminalized the accessibility of information and documents that violate Indonesian moral values. While Indonesia has been a successful model of free and open democracy, the laws imposed by the government limit freedoms of speech.
In fact, Indonesian politicians are redefining democracy, and the transition is a positive step towards more inclusive democracy. The current system is outdated and does not reflect the needs of the country’s young people. Its constitution enables citizens to participate in the political process, but it is still a work in progress. There is still plenty of room for improvement. The current system of governance is not as democratic as it could be.
The recent election in Jakarta demonstrates that the country is prone to democracy and political repression. In the past, the president of Indonesia has a great deal of power but has not been a democratically stable country. The new regime was founded in 1945 and has been under a long and complex history. In addition to the undemocratic constitution, the new leaders of the two countries have faced a lot of challenges.
The first step toward a more democratic Indonesia is to make sure the elections are free and fair. The constitution must be representative of the people and be representative of their interests. It should not be a dictatorship. It should be a democratic society. And if it is, then it should be a democratic society. And a democratic society requires that the leaders be transparent and accountable. The current system in Indonesia has many problems.
Despite the recent election in Indonesia, the country has never had a true democracy. The government is suspicious of the ability of the people to make responsible electoral choices. It has planned an index based on socioeconomic indicators to judge the region’s capacity to make decisions for itself. This system would result in institutionalized discrimination against poorer voters. This is what makes democratic governments in Indonesia so dangerous. So, how should a democratic system work?