Second Presidential Debate 2019

JAKARTA, PINUSPRESS - The second presidential debate was underway at 8 PM Indonesia Western Local Time, on 17 February 2019. Unlike the first debate where the main theme was Human Rights, this debate mainly focused on the provision of Energy, Food, Natural Resources, Environment, and Infrastructure. Another difference of this debate compared to the previous one is that there were no guiding questions provided beforehand, so all the answers given by the two candidates are purely spontaneous.

The debate itself were separated into several segments, from discussions of specific issue, to throwing each other questions and stating their vision and mission. The first segments of the debate was describing both candidates' respective visions and missions. Candidate number 1’s vision is to develop Indonesia where candidate number 2’s vision is to be able to be independent on the provision of resources.

The following segments are basically discussions and debates about the topics revolving around the theme. Some of the important key points are:

  • Candidate number 1 promises that they will continue to pursue infrastructure construction to achieve ultimate connectivism. However, candidate number 2 argued that it is not feasible and every goal needs to undergo a feasibility test before being executed.

  • Candidate number 2 promises that they will involve every stakeholders including the civilians who are affected when they want to build infrastructure, and they claimed that currently this is not achieved. Candidate number 1 commented that in their service of 4.5 years, there has been no conflict in terms of land leasing, because everyone is benefited.

  • Candidate number 1 promises to prepare to develop their human resource to prepare them for industrial revolution 4.0. Candidate number 2 argued that currently we are unable to defend our own farmers and giving them affordable price for good standard of living.

  • Candidate number 1 and 2 both agreed that self-provision of energy is crucial, and not to rely on imports.

  • Candidate number 1 argues that the import values have been decreasing in terms of food and crops, and candidate number 2 argues that there is no need to import because we have an oversupply of food and crops.

  • Candidate number 1 and 2 both agree to support the development of start-ups, but candidate 2 argues that we need to be careful to not disrupt the currency exchange of rupiah and Indonesia’s economic development.

To end the debate, both candidates present their closing statements. Hopefully, through this debate, Indonesians can see the candidates from a different point of view and will help Indonesia to go to the right direction.

Writer: Dionisius Radita