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Yogyakarta Sultan told to withdraw from politics YOGYAKARTA - Yogyakarta Governor Sultan Hamengkubuwono X should leave politics and concentrate on culture and helping the province's poor, or he risks being abandoned by his people, an academic says. Sunan Kalijaga State Islam University lecturer Musa Asy'arie said Sunday the Sultan's withdrawal from practical politics would ensure the city-province remained a national center of culture.

"If not, (the palace) will be abandoned by the people. It's not impossible that there could be a people's revolution against the palace," Musa said at a seminar -- The Future of Yogyakarta Province -- on Friday. The forum was held at Yogyakarta Cultural Council in cooperation with the Muhammadiyah's University's Center for Socio-Political Change. Musa said the palace should the spiritual and moral center of power in the province, but not the center of government.

"Political decentralization should be followed by the willingness on the part of the Sultan to withdraw from power politics and concentrate his efforts in the cultural scene as a symbol of people power," he said. Yogyakarta was a special city because it was an old and revered center of power, and one of the first Sultanates established in Java, he said. But while palace's role was total in the past, now things had changed.

"The rapid expansion of residential areas, increased education, and the impact of tourism and regional autonomy has led to serious implications ... pragmatism and selfish hedonism have eroded Yogyakarta's character." "If the Sultan does withdraw from politics to concentrate on his role as a cultural force, his standing will rise further and he will be able to respond to cultural conflicts diligently and productively," Musa said.

Heru Prasetya of Muhammadiyah's Institute for Enlightenment and Public Policy said people in Yogyakarta would not mind if their governor was not a member of the nobility. "The most important thing for them is that they can live peacefully, with their daily needs fulfilled," Heru said. Many people had survived the hardship of the earthquake by fending for themselves, not because they were helped by the leaders of the region, he said.

Heru said it was vital for people to join discussions about the future of Yogyakarta, especially at a time when a draft bill on the province was being deliberated at the House of Representatives. The bill is expected to legally define Yogyakarta as a cultural center in Indonesia. Heru expressed concern that the discussions on the bill had so far been dominated by elites and would only end up furthering the interests of powerful groups.

"Marginal groups are also entitled (to take part) in this discussion. Ironically, they are frequently neglected in the decision-making process about rulings which would regulate them," he said. Heru said there should be a referendum about whether the cultural character of Yogyakarta needed to be formalized in the bill. "I'm afraid the bill will be forced through (the House) like the amendments to the 1945 Constitution." Now many people wanted to the return to the original document, he said.



Posted in Politics @ 10 July 2006 08:54 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink





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L.S.;

Thanks for info.
I think,this is another scholar,who tries to make interesting point.Much people from Yogyakarta wanted him as Governor.He is their identity and very good ruler.Why always try to get rid of the monarchs?
Hormat saya:
DP Tick gRMK/Pusaka.



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