This criticism of Anies Baswedan cannot be separated from political interests, because Jakarta is the city center of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI), and in Jakarta all officials attend, from the executive, judicial to legislative.
Political opponents of the Governor of DKI Jakarta Mr. Anies Baswedan – especially the PDI-P – took advantage of floods and temporary puddles to attack him. In fact, if you look at flood data in Jakarta, Anies has succeeded in reducing the number of flood points, reducing the duration of floods and affected victims.
This criticism of Anies Baswedan cannot be separated from political interests, because Jakarta is the city center of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI), and in Jakarta all officials attend, from the executive, judicial to legislative. So that the echo of the flood problem simultaneously becomes a national-scale issue.
JAKARTA | KBA – The extreme rain that hit the Jakarta area on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 yesterday succeeded in causing floods and puddles. However, the flooding and inundation lasted less than an hour after DKI officials immediately went to the field to deal with it.
Unfortunately, Anies’ political opponents wanted to take advantage of the flood and brief inundation to attack him. In fact, if you look at flood data in Jakarta, objectively Anies managed to reduce the number of flood points, their duration, scope and number of victims affected.
“Jakarta seems difficult to be freed from flooding. Every year there will always be floods. Therefore, whoever the governor is can only reduce flooding. Anies Baswedan has done this by reducing flood points in Jakarta. Anies has also succeeded in reducing its duration,” said political observer from Esa Unggul University Jamiluddin Ritonga in a short message to KBA News in Jakarta, recently.
According to the lecturer who teaches at Esa Unggul University, it is from this point of view that the former minister of education and culture could be said to have succeeded in overcoming the flood problem.
“From that point of view, Anies seems to have succeeded in handling flooding in Jakarta, including minimizing its duration,” he said.
<span;>Ritonga explained that Anies’ critics and haters will not see his success, but their criticism is more on hatred for the number one person in DKI Jakarta.
“So, if Anies is criticized for the flood, then the critics may not want to see the reality. Their criticism is based on their dislike, not on Anies’ work in dealing with floods,” he explained.
Furthermore, Ritonga said it seems the critics generally like floods that hit Jakarta so that they would have ammunition at hands to criticize Anies Baswedan.
“They seem happy if it rains all day and night to see Jakarta flooded. Even though the facts now are completely different from the past– the water recedes in less than 6 hours – but this facts can not stop their attacks against Anies,” said Ritonga.
For information, based on data from the Jakarta SDA Service, the longest inundation in the Matraman area lasted for 45 minutes. This means that the inundation that occurred at several points in the Jakarta area due to heavy rains did not last more than an hour.
However, this can not stop them to suggest it is still a failure, especially PDIP politician such as Mr. Gilbert Simanjuntak.
The fact that extreme rains occur in areas – not only in Jakarta – such as in Bandung, Semarang, Kalimantan and Sulawesi, but for Anies’ political opponents only attack Jakarta, ignoring the the facts that flood disasters were more devastating in other parts of the country.
This phenomenon made former DKI Jakarta Governor Mr. Sutiyoso feels confused about the small number of parties who are politicizing the issue, and the fact that only DKI Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan is considered the culprit by them, supported by buzzers.
“Flood everywhere, Jakarta and its surroundings to Bandung, Semarang, Kalimantan. And the central government said that there was extreme weather in Indonesia but what Anies did, why, I was also confused,” said Sutiyoso in a short video on the YouTube Channel quoted by KBA News in Jakarta, Thursday, January 20, 2022.
According to Sutiyoso, criticism against Anies Baswedan cannot be separated from political interests, because Jakarta is the capital city of the Republic and in Jakarta all officials are presemts, from the executive, judicial to legislative.
“Yeah, sure, that’s it. In the nation’s capital, where the population ranges from stone masons to President, the Governor, there are Chairs of Political Parties, the spokesmen of parliament, and senate, et cetera,” he said.
In addition, criticism of Anies Baswedan also feels endless hatred and jealousy for Anies because of the defeat of their candidate in the governor competition in the 2017 Gubernatorial Election. Also, the narrative of hatred towards Anies became an outlet because both Jokowi and Ahok as Anies’ predecessors were inseparable from criticism about the flood, which was indeed a worse condition than in the Anies era.
“So if Anies and Riza Patria (Vice Governor) are not hit by criticism, there will be jealousy, why was the previous governors beaten up, while the current governor is not,” he said.
Even so, said the NasDem Party politician, the lesson that Anies Baswedan learned from the criticism was popularity.
“But the lesson is there, we are more famous if we are often beaten. But I don’t like going into political discussion,” he said. (kba)