The 2009 Presidential Election just added another pair of names to its list of strange bedfellows this weekend, as famous labor activist Dita Indah Sari joined Indonesian Employers Association (APINDO) Chairman Sofyan Wanandi in declaring their support for Jusuf Kalla and Wiranto. The declaration included the creation of Relawan Berani Bangkit Mandiri (Courageous Volunteers For Resurrecting Self-Sufficiency), an organization of volunteers in support of the JK-WIN ticket.
Here’s a summary of Dita’s reasons, from Pemiluindonesia.com and translated by the Indoleft news service:
“We feel comfortable with his ideas of self-sufficiency and a people’s economy,” said Sari …Up until now, said Sari, Kalla’s vision and mission is seen as supporting workers’ welfare. Moreover according to Sari, Kalla has promised to safeguard domestic industries and is concerned about labour problems…Dita also believes that Kalla is the type of leader who can communicate in a simple language. In addition to this, Kalla is also considered to be prepared to act quickly. “We’re tired of leaders who are indecisive, normative and impractical.”