Presidential Debate

Indonesia moves towards wrong direction: Prabowo Subianto

Indonesia moves towards wrong direction: Prabowo Subianto

Presidential candidate number 02 Prabowo Subianto and his running mate, Sandiaga Uno. (ANTARA FOTO/Wahyu Putro A/pras.)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Presidential candidate number 02 Prabowo Subianto said Indonesia has moved towards a wrong direction because the foundation for building the nation has deviated from its goals as stipulated in the 1945 Constitution.

"We let our wealth be flown out of Indonesia. More wealth of our citizens are preserved abroad," he said when delivering the Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno pair's vision and mission at the final round of presidential debate here on Saturday evening.

In addition to the outflow of the Indonesian citizens' wealth, Indonesia has also been undergoing de-industrialization. Due to this de-industrialization, the country has not produced "anything". Instead, it imports products of other countries to meet the people's demands.

"This is wrong, and the Prabowo-Sandi pair is offering a change," he added.

Meanwhile, Sandiaga Uno emphasized his findings from visiting more than 1,500 cities, towns, and districts all over Indonesia saying that many ordinary Indonesians, including housewives, fishermen, and farmers, expressed their complaints over the current economic condition.

"They wish us to echo an economic referendum," Uno said, adding that Indonesia's five-percent growth could have been an economic stagnation.

The Prabowo-Sandi pair would ensure that Indonesia's economy was able to grow more than five percent so that new job opportunities for all people could be provided and prices of basic commodities could be kept affordable and stable, he said.

This Saturday evening witnesses the final clash of titans -- presidential and vice-presidential pairs -- as they go the whole hog to cement a strong voter base from 192 million casting votes on April 17.

This final round of debate between the Jokowi-Amin and Prabowo-Sandi pairs prioritizes critical matters concerning the economy, social welfare, finance and investment, as well as trade and industry.

For the final debate, the General Elections Commission (KPU) has also decided on 10 panelists in charge of conjuring up and preparing questions on the issues to be debated by the duo pairs.

The panelist team comprises economists from various universities and organizations chosen by the KPU, specifically Muhammad Nasi, the Airlangga University rector; Eddy Suratman from the University of Tanjungpura; Muhammad Arief Mufraini from the Syarif Hidayatullah Islamic State University; and Suhartono from Diponegoro University.

Other eminent members of the panel feature Herman Karamoy from Sam Ratulangi University; I Nyoman Mahaendra Yasa from Udayana University; Harif Amali Riva'i from Andalas University; Dermawan Wibisono from Bandung Institute of Technology; Tukiman Taruno Sayoga from Soegijapranata Catholic University; and Rahmi Hertanti, the executive director of Indonesia Global Justice (IGJ).

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