JAKARTA. The Prosperous Justice Party's ( PKS ) highest body, the majelis syuro ( advisory council ), has issued a binding recommendation that the party must remain in the Red-and-White Coalition ( KMP ) on the political opposition side, along with the Gerindra Party.
The recommendation was one of three significant conclusions reached during the council’s fourth annual meeting, along with decisions on forming a coalition ahead of the Jakarta gubernatorial election and on Jakarta’s reclamation projects.
"The PKS is to be consistent in keeping its distance from the government and staying in the KMP," PKS secretary-general Mustafa Kamal said on Sunday in Jakarta, as quoted by kompas.com, highlighting that the party would support government policies and programs that aimed to improve people’s welfare.
Meanwhile, he said the party would be critical of government programs and policies that neglected the people.
The decision was made after two New Order-era parties, Golkar and the United Development Party ( PPP ), left the Red-and-White Coalition, which was initially formed to back then candidate Prabowo Subianto during the presidential election in 2014.
The PKS advisory council also discussed strategies for the upcoming Jakarta gubernatorial election, concluding that it would forge a political coalition to put forward a candidate.
"The PKS will build a strategic coalition with other parties to search for a better alternative candidate to win the Jakarta election," Mustafa said.
Criticizing the much-debated reclamation program under Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, the advisory council underlined how reclamation in many regions had had serious impacts.
"The tidal floods that come in the wake of reclamation lead to deterioration in sanitation and environmental health in surrounding areas. Eviction and relocation force people to adapt to a situation that affects their psychological and mental health," Mustafa stated.
Editor: Barratut Taqiyyah Rafie