Sunday, January 2, 2011

Politicians and Football

2010 has left us with many home works that must be carried out in 2011, i.e. the eradication of Corruption, Poverty and Injustice.

We have among others, the mysterious Bank Century bail-out, the shaky leadership of the Corruption Eradication Commission, and prosecution of Taxman Gayus Tambunan.

Besides, we also have the inter-religion relationship which is often shaky when it comes to rights of minorities.

On top of that, there are the maneuvers made by political parties to prepare for the general elections and presidential elections in 2014, whereby according to our Constitution President SBY must end his second office term.

Although there is still no official announcement, however major political parties have been giving signals to the public about who would be their Presidential candidates.

President SBY's Democrat Party has the First Lady Any Yudoyono. The Golkar Party has its Chairman Aburizal Bakrie. And the opposition Indonesian Democratic Party in Struggle has the daughter of former President Megawati, Puan Maharani.

Various efforts have been made by the politicians, the most notable were made by Bakrie who gave Three Billion Rupiah and land area of Twenty Five Hectares to our national team as bonus for their success in reaching the Final Rounds of the recent AFF-Suzuki Cup football tournament.

Further, the Chairman of the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) Nurdin Halid, a member of Golkar Party, has publicly announced that his decision to lower the ticket price for the tournament from Seventy Five Thousand Rupiah to Fifty Thousand Rupiah was made based on the request of Bakrie as his Party's boss.

In response to Golkar Party's above moves, and growing public demands for Nurdin Halid's resignation from PSSI, Arifin Panigoro, member of the Reform Democratic Party who supported President SBY, has initiated the creation of the independent Indonesian Premier League (LPI). 

Nurdin Halid and PSSI have declared that LPI is illegal and requested the Police to stop its activities.

I felt that the above situation is very ugly and not healthy for the development of football in Indonesia which is now showing some improvements. Therefore in order to make football develop well, I strongly believe that PSSI should be managed by people who are free from any political background.

Image :  Courtesy of Mises.


colson said...

I think the old Chinese saying applies here: "these are interesting times" :).

H. Nizam said...

Hi Colson,
I am not sure.
Those politicians are
ruining football here.

ReBorn said...

haallllooo PSSI .... times have changed, monopoly doesnt exsist anymore at this time. :D

dee said...

Politic is such interesting thing, but football not should be mixed with any political concern. I think our Indonesian Football make a good progress after naturalisation, but it's such sad because football used and running by politician for thier own concern. Thanks Harry Nizam

colson said...

@Harry: As a matter of fact: I quite agree with you.

I tried to be ironic. Actually I'm think: politicians ( like generals)+football is a guarantee for disaster.

(Although mr Blatter and his bunch of cronies also prove corruption problems in Fifa are always around the corner...).

the dream catcher said...

Sometimes I feel embarrassed being an Indonesian... Just look at those politician. They stop asking those soccer players out for dining and such after they lost the game... Totally the other way around before the final game... BLEH...

TUKANG CoLoNG said...


julicavero said...

i dont think the indonesian football will be win if there is a politicians..there is extremely different

Ladyulia said...

actually I got surprise when I read that Ani yudhoyono is a president wanna be
but yeah, why not
this country need "sentuhan wanita" I think :D

H. Nizam said...

Maybe in this case PSSI may be
some sort of top body which has autonomous

You are right that football should not be mixed with politics. Otherwise our football players cannot perform well.

Now I understand your point: mixing football with politics
will be disastrous for football.
As soon as I read your comment I checked about Bladder/Fifa and was surprised, never thought that it could happen in big international sport organization.

@Ria/The Dream Catcher,
Please do not be embarrassed, as a blogger we can help make change in our society. What you wrote in your blog is part of that effort.

Memang sangat ironis.

Perhaps you are right. Let's hope things will improve soon.

Being a president is not about gender but its about ability to lead the country and serve all the people fairly in all aspects of life.

DS. Utomo said...

Mas Harry, I suddenly remember our famous song "Dunia ini Sandiwara" (This World is a Theatre). I fully agree with your suggestion !

TV Series Planet said...

nice blog your share for us.. interesting post

H. Nizam said...

@Pak Utomo,
Yes it is like "Panggung Sandiwara".

@TV Series Planet,
I am glad that you like it. Thanks.

Wisata Murah said...

tak ada rotan.akar pun jadi..yang bisa di ditumpangi akan dinaiki.ribet ya sob

H. Nizam said...

Wisata Murah,
Tepat sekali, segala cara akan dilakukan politisi untuk mendapat apa yang diinginkan.

Anonymous said...

in all the game I see many picture of some politicians in the stadium what a pity mixing sport with politic

munir ardi: sorry I am using anonymous my connection is trouble

H. Nizam said...

Mas Munir,
Sports should not be mixed with other motives except healthy living.
I have also been facing difficulty, I can't write a new post. Don't know why.

Anonymous said...

aku sampai berpikir, si Nurdin Halid ini menjadi ketua PSSI apakah dengan niat untuk mendapatkan simpati masyarakat agar dapat mencalonkan diri sebagai presiden Indonesia kelak?

boro2 simpati, yang didapat jelas2 antipati masyarakat, tapi masih keras kepala untuk mundur

r10 said...

aku sampai berpikir, si Nurdin Halid ini menjadi ketua PSSI apakah dengan niat untuk mendapatkan simpati masyarakat agar dapat mencalonkan diri sebagai presiden Indonesia kelak?

boro2 simpati, yang didapat jelas2 antipati masyarakat, tapi masih keras kepala untuk mundur

* mas kok opsi name/url tidak ada kotaknya? tadi aku tdk sengaja komen sebagai Anonymous