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Bloodied but unbowed
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-26, 11:00 authored by Tomsa, D
Back in 1998, when Suharto's New Order regime crumbled in the face of economic turmoil and massive student protests, Golkar seemed destined for the dustbin of history. The party had been the regime's electoral vehicle, and many of those who participated in the demonstrations viewed it as an artificially created and thoroughly corrupt organisation that had helped the regime to maintain a pseudo-democratic fa‚àövüade. Now that Suharto had resigned, many activists hoped Golkar would also disappear from the political stage. But despite widespread public anger and demands for its disbandment, the party has proven remarkably resilient. 'Golkar is like a zombie,' says a former high-ranking party member who left the party in 1998. 'You think it's dead but in fact it's always there.'
Publication titleInside Indonesia