Clientelism and Thuggery
Strange relationships between officials and mass organizations have arisen in many regions, including in Bekasi. Ending direct elections for regional heads is not a solution.
THE involvement of mass organizations in the collection of parking fees in Bekasi, West Java, is one example of political clientelism. Reciprocal arrangements between officials and mass organizations like this will damage democracy and local governance.
This strange relationship was uncovered after a demonstration by a mass organization at a gas station in Jalan Raya Narogong, Bekasi, in October. The demonstrators blocked the street demandi...