Have problems convincing people? Add some religious bits!
And the opportunity for abolishing regulations discriminatory towards Chinese-Indonesians. One of the difficulties about this TL is that the urgency for change that existed OTL because of how bad the crisis went, the May 1998 riots, Soeharto's fall from power etc. is simply not there. That there needs to be some change from the way things have been set up and organized under Soeharto is a sentiment many ITTL would agree with. But the urgency would not have been as intense as in OTL. Here the motivation for changing regulations discriminatory to Chinese-Indonesian is to counter Tutut playing the religion card plus Try remembering that his former players as Chaiman of the PBSI, Susi Susanti and Alan Budikusuma still faced issues with being of Chinese ethnicity despite being badminton champions.Nice comeback from the President
Very much so. I think the 1998 riots got all the Governments after Soeharto to think that "Yeah we have to do something about Chinese Indonesians".Yeah, unfortunate but it's just one of those things that were simply there because of inertia and not ranking high on priorities. It became background issue that was forgotten until someone reminded that it was there.
IIRC since there was no riots (or were suppresed enough) the atrocities against Chinese Indonesians didn't happen or not intense enough it became issue IOTL right? So there was no urgency on that front.
But then it became a reserve ammo used to good effect lol.
Also Tutut still crying rice self sufficiency felt like her platform was really based on nostalgianism. Staple food is not just rice, plenty of other options can be grown in marginal lands especially and achieving it is not instant after crisis. Self sufficiency on a particular product is about balancing production and consumption, so bringing consumption of rice down by encouraging cassava, corn, and potato etc. consumption is as good as increasing rice production.
The LRT is actually a Tutut Project. They gave her a contract to build a triple decker consisting of a road, toll road, and light rail which would cut through the middle of Jakarta (CMIIW) at the same time. This project was put on hold by Soeharto in September 1997. In OTL Soeharto tried to allow the project to continue but by 1998, he was struggling to handle the crisis.Shame TJ is butterflied away for now, think it is more suited to jakarta :/ any idea how the LRT in kuningan and senayan is profressing? It was supposed to complement the MRT line with a loop circuit iirc
In other words, because the project got delayed and put under review, Tutut started diverting the money to become "political budget" and the Government thought "We might as well cancel it now if that's how she's going to behave."11th September 2000:
The President chaired a meeting attended by Vice President JB Sumarlin, Minister of Economics and National Development Planning Soedradjad Djiwandono, Minister of Finance Mar’ie Muhammad, Minister of Industry Siswono Yudohusodo, Minister of Agriculture Sarwono Kusumaatmadja, Minister of Mining and Energy Djiteng Marsudi, Minister of Transportation Soerjadi Soedirja, Minister of Public Works Rachmat Witoelar, State Minister of State-Owned Enterprise Bacelius Ruru, State Secretary Edi Sudrajat, Cabinet Secretary Hayono Isman, and Deputy Cabinet Secretary Sri Mulyani.
The meeting took up most of the day and discussed the revocation of Presidential Decision 39 of 1997 which will mean that there will be no more government projects on delay or put under further review. Try gave approval for most projects to go ahead though there were some projects which got more scrutiny than others:
-Any office buildings constructed by state-owned enterprises would now be funded by the state-owned enterprise in question instead of from government funds (“If Jamsostek and Jiwasraya can’t manage their own money, they don’t deserve a building”).
-Try disapproved of the North-South Triple Decker Toll Road in Jakarta which was to be a road, a toll road, and a light rail transport track all at the same time. The project was never cancelled but it never went ahead because the woman to whom the project belonged to was too busy diverting the funds for political activities. Try called for something more substantial and ordered Soerjadi Soedirja to focus on the completion of the Mass Rapid Transportation system instead.
-Djiteng Marsudi reported that the Tanjung Jati C Electricity Generator project should not go ahead. Djiteng said it would put Java’s electricity into overcapacity. This was not to say that the project has not gone through the proper tendering process. Try approved of this.
12th September 2000:
The situation in the DPR got heated as Edi Sudrajat and Soedradjad Djiwandono fronted the DPR to explain the decision made the previous day to revoke Presidential Decision 39 of 1997.
“Has the Government truly calculated the costs of not going ahead with the North-South Triple Decker Toll Road and the Tanjung Jati C Electricity Generator or did it cancel these two projects because it knows that Mrs. Siti Hardiyanti Rukmana has an interest in it?” thundered Ary Mardjono from the KPB.
“No complaint can be made about the Tanjung Jati C because the project was put on hold by President Soeharto back in 1997 but as for the Triple Decker Project, it was never cancelled; it was just the case that Mrs. Tutut diverted her investments elsewhere such as becoming the Chairwoman of Golkar”, explained Rambe Kamarulzaman of the PKPI “The Government could not be blamed for cancelling a project that has failed to start.”
We’re not at kerosene conversion yet ITTL. But with regards to energy deficit, something that’s different in ITTL as compared to OTL is that there’s 2 oil refineries in construction the Exor II and the Exor III. Though the purpose of Exor refineries is for export rather than domestic consumption. OTL they planned to have four Exor refineries and only managed to build one before the crisis hits.How Indonesia ITTL would deal with energy deficit? Iotl they export crude oil only to import the refined products. And regarding on future conversion from kerosene, would they still go to solely bottled gas as OTL or try to promote the lng gas network?
I suppose better Exor than something Sanskrit, right?Exor stands for export oriented isnt it? Such an orba naming convention...
Good God, that’s a lot of refineries indeed and not a lot of info about why they didn’t end up going ahead with the projects. It’s the Exors that normally come up in terms of refineries that Orba wanted to build but end up being abandoned.