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Indonesian media mogul launches mass organisation
Publication Date : 25-02-2013
Just one week after joining the People’s Conscience Party (Hanura), Indonesian media mogul Hary Tanoesoedibjo launched his own mass organisation, Indonesia United (Perindo), on Sunday.
At Perindo’s launch at the Bung Karno Sports Complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta, Hary said that the organisation would not be involved in politics, at least for now.
Hary said that Perindo aimed to solve the problems plaguing the nation, including corruption, weak law enforcement, widening social gaps, poor healthcare and rising religious intolerance.
However, Hary, who is a president director of the MNC and RCTI media groups, among other things, said that he might use Perindo as a political vehicle if the nation’s problems were not solved after the 2014 general election.
Perindo would have more power to solve the nation’s problems as a political party, Hary said, claiming that the organisation’s activities would be “concrete”, spanning social activities and policy making.
During the launch of Perindo, Hary said that he would keep the mass organisation’s business separate from Hanura, of which he was recently appointed chief patron.
“Hanura is a political party that has its finest members in a number of fields as representatives from the public, while Perindo is a mass organisation focusing on social issues, including helping the marginalised, the country’s development and to be a mentor for the next generation,” Hary said.
Hary has recruited big names in the country’s political scene to join Perindo, including former law and human rights minister, Yusril Ihza Mahendra, who Hary appointed as Perindo’s chief patron. Yusril is currently the chief patron of another political party, the Crescent Star Party (PBB).
Also appointed as founding members of Perindo were former NasDem Party chief patron for West Java and prominent legal expert Romli Atmasasmita, Hanura lawmaker Syarifuddin Sudding and early 1990s pop singers Andre Hehanusa and Katon Bagaskara.
Following a rift with the chief patron of the NasDem Party, Surya Paloh, who is also a media mogul, Hary resigned and joined Hanura last week.
Hary’s decision to join Hanura has renewed hopes for the party and the presidential ambitions of its chairman, Gen. (retd.) Wiranto.
Wiranto now has unprecedented access to the airwaves in the run-up to the election in 2014.
The retired four-star general will also likely benefit from a host of supporters who will follow Hary to Hanura from the NasDem Party.