Speaking at an event for community members and retired military and police officers here on Wednesday, Subianto stated that the total amount of wealth funds of the Indonesian people being kept in the overseas banks was much higher than that in local banks.
"The total amount of our people`s wealth funds in Indonesian banks is just recorded at Rp5,400 trillion," he noted, adding that the outflow of the Indonesian people`s wealth funds was recognized by the incumbent president`s cabinet members.
Indonesia has carried out development for several decades, but this outflow of wealth funds has left it with no sufficient saving. As a result, this condition has led to the people experiencing difficulties in gaining prosperity, he remarked.
"Thus, we must understand how to respond to our nation`s challenges if we do not have an economic power and money," Subianto explained.
This real condition of Indonesia has encouraged him and his running mate, Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno, to compete with the Joko Widodo-Ma`ruf Amin pair in the 2019 Presidential Elections, Subianto revealed.
The economic issues have often been highlighted by the Subainto-Uno pair during the campaign period ahead of this year`s presidential elections.
Uno believes that Indonesia is capable of achieving economic independence, as it has an abundance of natural resources and workforce, with a potential demographic bonus in 2020, as well as a big market.
However, despite Indonesia`s huge potential to become a self-sufficient economy, Uno pointed out that he was saddened to see the condition of Indonesia`s economy.
"I am so sad to see our economic condition. Why is it yet unable to make our people prosperous? Instead, our economy is getting harder, with debt burdens," he told attendees at a gathering in Central Java last year.
Reporting by Luqman Hakim