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MEDAN - A politics analyst from University of Sumatera Utara (USU) doubts recent survey saying Indonesian people preferences to experience former government era.
Even, USU's Ahmad Taufan Damanik questions the survey accuracy conducted by Indo Barometer.
"Public perception unlikely compared into three governmental order without regarding objective facts," he explained.
According to the Indo Barometer survey, 40.9 percent of respondents agreed that Indonesia was better off under Soeharto’s New Order than under former president Sukarno or the current reform era.
In Ahmad's opinion, Indo Barometer should include factual indicator such as freedom of the press, economic rise, education involvement, law uphold, etc.
"Indonesia burdened huge state loans during new order," said he.
Besides, Ahmad also doubt the survey respondents have experienced the three era.
Soeharto was named Indonesia’s best president by a plurality of respondents, according to a survey released on Sunday.
"This is an irony as people said that the New Order was better than the other [periods] although the New Order is the one that os currently being corrected," Indo Barometer executive director M. Qodari said as quoted by kompas.com.
The New Order was deemed better in politics, economy, social, and security, according to the survey, while the reform era led in law enforcement.
The survey contacted 1,200 people between April 25 and May 4.
"This survey should be deemed a good criticism over Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's government in the reformation era," Ahmad concluded.
Translated by: Ananta Politan Bangun(dat01/wol/thejakartapost)