Indonesia’s Economy and Millennials’ Aspiration in 2019 Elections

Indonesia Studies Programme Seminar

About the Seminar
Indonesia will hold Presidential and Parliamentarian elections on 17 April 2019. Both Presidential-Vice Presidential candidates, Joko Widodo-Ma’ruf Amin and Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno, have been focusing their campaign theme on some key economic issues, such as infrastructure, jobs, cost of living, inequality, natural resource management, and so on. Both camps seem to pay extra attention in getting millennial’s votes by luring them on the opportunities stemming from the development of digital economy. It is still not clear however how the millennials perceive economic vision and mission of both Presidential candidates.

This seminar seeks to shed light on how economic issues may or may not be a critical factor in predicting the Indonesian elections results, particularly when it relates to the economic vision and mission of both Presidential candidates. In this seminar, the two young Indonesian politicians, Faldo Maldini and Rian Ernest, will reveal their perspectives from the respective camps on Indonesia’s economy and how it will affect voters, especially the millennials.

About the Speakers
Rian Ernest is a member of Indonesian Solidarity Party (Partai Solidaritas Indonesia, PSI) and candidate for the party in the 2019 legislative elections, competing in the East Jakarta electoral district. Rian was former legal adviser to then Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok) and a Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore (NUS). He attained his undergrad at Law Faculty, University of Indonesia. Prior to public sector work, he was a corporate lawyer specializing in capital market and M&A.

Faldo Maldini is the deputy secretary-general of National Mandate Party (Partai Amanat Nasional, PAN). Competing in the Bogor, West Java electoral district, this is the first time he runs in a legislative election. Faldo has earned his Master’s from Imperial College, London, where he served as the head of the Indonesian Student Association United Kingdom (PPI-UK). He is also a former Chief of Student Executive Body in Universitas Indonesia (BEM UI), where his activist trajectory was started. It made him connected to the national Intellectual and activist networks.

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Mar 04 2019


10:00 am - 11:30 am


ISEAS Seminar Room 2