“What should we choose between a plate full of dog’s shit and a plate full of cat’s shit?” That’s how Aryo (23) explains to me about his political view on the Indonesia presidential election on April, 17th. He believes that neither candidates have a compelling vision for a better Indonesia in the future. With his tired feeling toward Indonesian political climate, Aryo states that he was not using his right to vote Jokowi nor Prabowo for Wednesday (04/17) election.
On the other side, Agus (25) is tired of how people react to this election without any proper manners. Look at every social media platform; it feels like a civil war. I hate to see how friendship is broken because they have different political views. It’s not how should it work.” This situation leads him to golput, just like many young Indonesian generations.
Golput is an abbreviation from Golongan Putih or in English is a white group, people who abstain from presidential or legislative election in Indonesia. It became popular term after the reformation era, where the first general election was held after Soeharto regime in the late ’90s and early ’00s. Unfortunately, this political option grows more popular among the young generations in Indonesia, and this may become a problematic issue towards in this election.
Based on the survey from Jeune & Raccord Communication, Indonesian millennials have almost 40% of the tendency to abstain in the upcoming presidential election. The CEO of Jeune & Raccord Communication, Monica JR, stated that millennials are apathetic and do not care about the latest political information, including when the election is being held. This phenomenon should raise the essential question to Indonesian political climate, “Is there any hope of healthy political regeneration in Indonesia with the high number of apathetic young generations?”
Many political parties in Indonesia declared themselves as millennial parties such as Partai Solidaritas Indonesia or PSI (Indonesia Solidarity Party) and Partai Keadilan Sejahtera or PKS (Justice Prosperous Party), but it seems they can’t help the millennials to be aware of political situations. Even based on the survey from Indonesia Survey Institute (LSI), PSI as a new party in this election will only get 0.4 votes and will fail to qualify themselves to the parliamentary threshold. Not just political parties try to set the image of millennial, but both of the presidential candidates also did the same. Jokowi and Prabowo try to recruit millennials figure to their teams, but it seems the solution to gain millennial voters didn’t work correctly.
After all, the election is already done, and now the country is waiting for the result of this political drama. Whether the survey from Jeune & Raccord Communication is right or wrong, Indonesia should think about the young generations as one of the solutions to regenerate their political climate that is full with old faces rather than new and young faces.
By Faizal Fahmi Baelul
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