Corporate Political Investment 101

This upcoming Indonesia presidential election presents the issues of corporate political investment. For instance, many Islamic-based media and blogs accuse that one of the candidates, Joko Widodo, is prepared by catholic-Chinese group to be the next president for the sake of business interest. Similar condition is also faced by another candidate: Prabowo Subianto, where there are anonymous bloggers argued that gigantic corporation and corruption case-linked corporation are supporting him for the sake of penalty-free or legal suit-free. In short, whether it is right or gossip, there is an accusation of corporate involvement in the presidential election, which is well-known as corporate political investment.

What is corporate political investment? Does it true exist? How will it affect the election? What are the benefits of political investment for firms? This writing is corporate political investment 101 (for beginner) which introduces the corporate political investment by exploring its definition, its effects on politics and presidential campaign, and its cost-benefit for corporation. Continue reading

Politik Kebencian

Kampanye pemilihan presiden (pilpres) Indonesia sudah dimulai. Setiap calon presiden (capres) mencari cara untuk menarik suara rakyat Indonesia agar dipilih pada tanggal 9 Juli mendatang. Apa lacur, bukan adu argumentasi atas visi, misi, atau rencana strategis pembangunan Indonesia yang ditonjolkan, tetapi serangan personal, mulai dari latar belakang agama, sejarah masa lalu, atau pun kepahaman atas perihal teknikal administrasi Negara. Sun Tzu dalam art of the war menuliskan “Untuk memenangkan pertempuran, Jika lawan adalah orang yang mudah marah atau tersinggung, berusahalah untuk mengganggu dia. Berpura-puralah menjadipihak yang lemah, supaya ia bisa tumbuh sombong dan kehilangan akal”. Apakah strategi politik kebencian ini yang sedang dimainkan kedua capres?

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