President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) is making an ambitious plan by distributing a land for free to the people in Indonesia. He wants to that in order to reduce inequality gap and poverty in Indonesia. Although according to the Central Statistics Agency (BPS), the Gini ratio was reduced to 0.387 in March 2016 from 0.402 in September 2015, he still feels unsatisfied because the gap between the rich and poor are still high, cited from the Jakarta Post.
In last 2016, he officially distributed 13,100 hectares of land to 5,700 head indigenous and tribal people’s family in all over Indonesia. “There are going around 12,7 million hectares of land that we are going to distribute it to the people,” said Jokowi, cited from detik.
So his solution for the gap between the rich and poor in Indonesia are by distributing a land for the people. By distributing the land, it is hoped that the land will be going to be managed more productively by the people, in order to boost the economy of lower income community. “The President will not be going to just distribute the land itself. But also how that land going to become the new productive force for the people,” said the Head of Presidency Staff Teten Masduki in Ministry of Economic Affairs Building, Jakarta Friday (13/1/2017), cited from Merdeka.
Is land distribution are really an act of kindness or there is a hidden agenda in it?
The idea of giving a free land distribution to the people purely because of a act of kindness without a hidden agenda in it is probably too good to be true. After all, there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch in the world of politics. Jokowi have an image as a down to earth President and politician in Indonesia that prefer to help the poor instead of the rich. Free land distribution is a part of his way to maintain and boost his image as a President and politician that prefer to help the poor instead of the rich.
“In the past, the rich are being given the concession to build a factory. Now the rich are still welcome to build a factory, but the concession is for the people,” said Jokowi, cited from detik. By saying this, he wants to say that his government is different from the other government in the past because his government prefers to help the poor instead of the rich. He said that in order to convince the people so that they can rest assured because they are in a good hand.
The free land distribution will appeal more to the poor people and surely will going to make a lot of people happy, especially the one who is given the land. By creating a more appealing decision for the poor people, this will be going to ensuring him for more voter in the upcoming election in 2019. After all, in the last presidential election in 2014, Jokowi won the election by close margin 53.15% to 46.84%.
12.7 million hectares of land are a lot, imagine if 13,100 hectares of land can be given to 5,700 head of the family, how many heads of the family will be going to get a land from a 12,7 million hectare? After being given a land, probably many of those family will be going to be thankful because of his act of kindness and indebted by him. Because of that, the chances of them for voting for him during the election are high. So by giving 12.7 million hectares of land to the people, Jokowi will be going to ensuring a lot of voter in the upcoming election.