Yogyakarta, October 2013
I keen on Jokowi is a different leader that Indonesia ever have. He concerned with low income level people and tempted to upgrade their life by did many redevelopment program. During his leader in, Solo had redeveloped many traditional markets with participatory planning approach. Prior Jokowi was denied by certain skeptic groups; thus he could get their trust. He did more than 500 meetings each year in order to build consensus between government and public. Enormous street vendors finally has believed the progress and keen on Jokowi initiatives, then they accpet to placed new spot from pedestrian pathways to the new market building. Finally, a more than 2 kilometers city walk could built on Slamet Riyadi street which is functioned as the main Solo corridor with wide city walk.
While I was still living in Bandung, I always receive many Solo event promotion form every kind of media. There is still a beautiful memory in my mind that I backpacked to Solo to attend ‘Solo Batik Carnival’. It was a great carnival which showed many batiks special design from nationwide designer. When I talked to a taxi driver, he said that he felt blessed since tourist visit always increase during Jokowi leadership.
Actually, the Solo circumstance is totally different now. Obviously I can still feeling optimistic among Solo governance which was inherited by Jokowi. Meanwhile, now Solo is filled by many hotels, super malls and convenient stores which endanger new the traditional markets presence. My colleague of mine whom her family member has a block kiosk in one of traditional market claimed that the traditional market occupancy was decreasing. Generally, many Solo people prefer to shop their daily need in a convenient store or supermarket. The traditional markets which many of them are just developed and unexperienced do not have good competitiveness to compete with Indomaret or Carefour. Recently, chaos traffic comes up as if aftermath that should not happen.
Solo now vacuum I think. Many good progress which they had achieved in Jokowi era are not sustained. Solo techno park who designed for Indonesia strategic area for technology development does not have a good progress, unless SMK car. Anybody who read this article has heard about World Toilette Summit that just had held in Solo a couple days ago? Actually, I have not heard about Solo Batik Carnival in this year event promotion as well.
In my conclusion of my words I don’t want to judge the recent mayor with incapability. That is not my point what I want to say. Obviously, all of us see that Indonesia people still not mature to address leadership. Sometimes we are still trapping in figure publicity and less concern to build a sustainable system. I keen that Solo is face difficult hardship to forget Jokowi romance which would weaken any Jokowi successor.
Achmad Faris Saffan Sunarya