SBY Tokoh “Leaders & Revolusionaries” TIME 2009

SEGERA TERBIT:

BUKU INSPIRATIF TENTANG SUSILO BAMBANG YUDHOYONO
“BELAJAR SPIRITUAL DARI THE THINKING GENERAL”
persembahan Jogja Bangkit Publisher (Galangpress Group), 2009

Pesan segera di galangpress@jmn.net.id dengan Sdri Fitri

Pertarungan politik di Indonesia hari-hari ini memang begitu seru. Setiap kelompok politik merangsek ke kelompok lain untuk membangun kekuatan, utamanya memenangi pertarungan Pilpres 2009 nanti. Kita pun larut dalam pembicaraan tentang tokoh mana yang paling pantas memimpin negeri ini. Di antara tokoh-tokoh yang beredar di bursa diskusi, nama Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono mencuat di tengahnya. Sebagai incumbent, ia memang disebut-sebut punya kans besar untuk terus menduduki jabatan presiden. Apalagi, partai yang mengusungnya, Demokrat, menurut perhitungan sementara, unggul melampaui partai-partai lain. Makin muluslah jalan mempertahankan kursi RI 1.

Meski begitu, bukan berarti SBY –demikian singkatan bekennya– sepi dari keraguan publik. Banyak yang meragukan kapasitasnya, mengingat sepanjang masa pemerintahannya minim sekali prestasi yang dihasilkannya. Alih-alih, krisis ekonomi dan bencana alam justru mewarnai masa pemerintahannya. Begitu pendapat mereka yang sangsi.

Nah, di tengah-tengah keraguan dan optimisme itu, ada kabar cukup mengejutkan dari Majalah Time. Dalam rilis teranyarnya di http://www.time.com, nama Yudhoyono dimasukkan ke dalam “The 2009 Time 100” dalam kategori LEADERS & REVOLUSIONARIES. Dalam kategori yang sama ada nama-nama tokoh kondang dunia seperti Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, dan Nicolas Sarkozy. Berikut kutipan artikelnya:

Leaders & Revolutionaries

The changes taking place in Indonesia today are among the most remarkable developments in the Muslim world. The country’s transition from authoritarianism has proved that as a democracy, Indonesia can be culturally vibrant and economically prosperous.

Since winning the presidency in 2004, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has managed to keep the nation afloat, even during the current global recession. However, significant challenges lie ahead. Poverty remains pervasive in Indonesia, and the government must press onward with improvements to the country’s ailing infrastructure. Businesses are confronted with a bewildering array of regulations, and the country pays a heavy price in corruption and bribery.

The coming presidential election promises to be good to Yudhoyono, 59, thanks in no small measure to his having for the most part delivered on his promises. The history of Indonesia’s democratic journey may not be that long, but it has thus far shown that the country’s people will not re-elect a President who falls short of expectations.

The time is right for Indonesia, as the world’s most populous Muslim nation, to assume a more prominent position in Asia and throughout the Muslim world. In response to President Obama’s warm overtures to Muslim countries for a new phase in relations with the U.S., Yudhoyono can take the lead and chart a new course for the region.

Ibrahim is currently an opposition leader in Malaysia and the former Deputy Prime Minister


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