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Teguh Santosa Says Rent-Seeking Has Long Become Disease in Indonesia

Teguh Santosa during the launching of "Nalar Politik Rente" book. Lecturer of International Relations at Syari...

Teguh Santosa during the launching of "Nalar Politik Rente" book.

Lecturer of International Relations at Syarif Hidayatullah University, Teguh Santosa, at the launch of the book "Nalar Politik Rente" (Reasons of Political Rent-Seeking) by Chairman of Central Board (PP) of Muhammadiyah Youth Dahnil Anzar Simanjuntak at Muhammadiyah Lecture Center Building in Menteng, Jakarta, Wednesday night (2/28/2018) said political rent-seeking has long became a disease of the Indonesian nation.

"Rent-seeking has long been a disease of the Indonesian nation," Teguh said while hoping Dahnil's book can inspire readers to jointly liberate Indonesia from rent-seeking.

Dahnil's eighth book is published by Booknesia which is the book publishing division of the Political News Office RMOL.

The event began with the recitation of the Quran by the Secretary General of Muhammadiyah Youth PP Irfannusirrasman and the singing of Indonesia Raya (Great Indonesia) National Anthem.

After that the General Manager of the Political News Office RMOL Teguh Santosa as the publisher opened the event and welcomed the guests and invited guests.

"I am always happy to be present in this room, because I feel like coming home," said Teguh Santosa who has been the Chairman of Foreign Affairs of Muhammadiyah Youth PP.

According to Teguh who is also a lecturer in International Relations at Syarif Hidayatullah University (UIN) Jakarta, the manuscript by Dahnil Simanjuntak reminds him of a book written by Prof. Arief Budiman in the mid 1990s ago.

The book entitled "Country and Development" compares the economic development process of two Asian countries, Indonesia and South Korea.

"The development process in both countries has many similarities," Teguh said.

It began in the same period, the 1960s era, and was also led by actors who equally have military backgrounds with full power throughout the country. Directions, approaches and development theories used were the same.

The two countries of that era were equally implementing a bureaucratic authoritarian state system. "But the results were different: South Korea became an authoritarian state of development bureaucracy, while Indonesia became an authoritarian state of rent bureaucracy. Economic and political sectors were rife with only rent seekers," Teguh said.

This is why Indonesia's economic development has never been substantial, has no adequate industrial base, and finally Indonesia is just a market. The abundant natural resources are dominated by foreign powers. 

Hundreds of visitors were seen crowded the room. The guests, mostly youth groups, were eager to follow the launch aired live by TVMu from start to finish.

Speaker of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) Zulkifli Hasan, cultural figure Jaya Suprana, national figure DR. Rizal Ramli and the author of Dahnil Simanjuntak sit in the front row with representatives from a number of political parties.

Source: Netral News | Koranmu English