My Jakarta: Rizki Aljupri

‘Believe me, politics Is the most effective way to make a change’

By Adelia Anjani Putri on 05:22 pm Aug 25, 2013
Category My Jakarta
Rizki Aljupri chose Indonesia's Regional Legislative Council because it is a feasible choice for independent candidates as they don't need party support to run. (JG Photo/Adelia Anjani)

Rizki Aljupri chose Indonesia’s Regional Legislative Council because it is a feasible choice for independent candidates as they don’t need party support to run. (JG Photo/Adelia Anjani)

He may only be 21, but Jakarta-born Rizki Aljupri is just one semester away from his Washburn University MBA in Kansas and running for a seat in Indonesia’s Regional Legislative Council (DPD).

What have you been doing this summer?

I’ve just finished my internship. I worked for the American-Indonesian Chamber of Commerce over the summer, and right now I’m just enjoying my summer vacation while getting ready for next year’s election. I still have one semester before I get my MBA.

How do you manage your activities between Jakarta and Kansas?

Luckily, I have friends and family members who are helping me out from Jakarta, and I always keep myself up to date with what’s going on with the election, what’s going on in Indonesia. I can’t wait to come back for good in December.

Most people your age are having fun rather than joining political activities. Why are you interested in politics?

I’ve always been interested in politics, but I’d never thought about running for office. It all started when I was interning for one of the members of the Indonesian House of Representatives. I got the opportunity to see what the real situation is in our parliament and I feel like there is a desperate need for young people of our age, the real young people, to get involved in politics and to create a change. So, I’d love to start that in 2014. If it goes well, there will be more and more people in their 20s running for office in 2019.

Don’t you feel too young to be running for office?

I feel young, but I don’t feel too young. Like I said, I think being young has advantages and disadvantages. People may say that I don’t have a lot of experience in politics, but the good thing is that it’s good that I don’t have much experience in politics: I’m young, I don’t offer anything from my past, I offer my future for this country.

How did people react when you first said you wanted to run for office?

Many people asked, ‘Why politics?’ or ‘You’re too young,’ but there are so many others that said ‘keep working hard, it’s not going to be easy,’ and also ‘I hope there will be more young people like you in 2019 who care about the country and run for office, because the faster we change Indonesia in a better direction, the better we will become.’

What has changed since you decided to run for office?

Nothing much, but maybe now people pay more attention to what I’m doing. I realize that and I’m okay with that. I love talking to people and right now I tell them that I’m running for office so we have more things to talk about instead of just talking about high school and regular stuff.

What’s your plan if you don’t get elected?

My back-up plan, I always love this question. I will go back to the States to pursue my PhD and hopefully start working in investment banking because my studies have always been about finance. Then, I would really love to stay in Jakarta to help this country.

Why are you running for DPD, not DPR (House of Representatives) instead?

Simple, I don’t feel like joining any political party yet, at least for the moment. I want to stay independent and get things done with the help of my colleagues. Also, I don’t have any intention at all to pursue a career in politics. I’m still young, I just want to create a change. Hopefully my colleagues will remember the change.

So, politics is not in your future career plan?

At least for now. I think politics isn’t something you can pursue your career in. It’s more of a passion. I think if you want to make a change, politics is the most efficient and effective way.

What do you think about Indonesian youth in politics?

We do need more young people getting involved in politics. I’m very glad that since the gubernatorial election last year, more and more people have been engaging in politics. I hope the number will increase and as I said, hopefully in 2019 there will be more young people running for office. Believe me, politics is the most effective way to make a change if you do it in the right way. Don’t stay away from politics. Get involved!

Rizki Aljupri was talking with Adelia Anjani

  • Comello

    He keeps on mentioning ‘change’. What is this young man’s motivation? What actually does he want to change? ‘Change’ as a hollow campaign phrase, echoing Obama.
    Sounds more like a career move, a bullet point on his resume. A way to get connected and a step-up to bigger riches.
    Indonesian democracy and politics in a nutshell.

    • Rizki Aljupri

      @946afe3674d2bacc6ded59de47cc17b2:disqus,
      My name is Rizki Aljupri and I am the person who is featured in this interview. I would like to personally answer your questions.
      “What is this young man’s motivation?”
      My main motivation is I want more young people to get involved in politics by running for office and creating positive change for the country. Me personally, if I get elected, I would like to start a program (with the help from the MPR Secretariat) called ‘Surat Elektronik Rakyat’, where every member of MPR will have the same domain email (e.g. rizki.aljupri@mpr.go.id). I hope this email will be the official communication tool between members of MPR and the people that they represent. Besides that, I would like MPR to launch a YouTube channel where they will show general meetings and public hearings of commission in DPR and committee in DPD on the internet. My goal is that I want to get these two programs done in my first three months in the senate.
      “What actually does he want to change?”
      There are a lot of things that I want to change, but if I get the honor to represent the people of Jakarta in the Indonesian Senate, I will focus on five areas: Education, health care, infrastructure, transparancy, and youths. If you go to my website, http://www.MasRizki.com , I explain everything there in Bahasa Indonesia. For example, in 2015, I will propose and push a ‘Kredit Mahasiswa’ bill. The main purpose of this program is to allow every high school graduate in Indonesia to take loans from the government if they or their families do not have enough money for college.
      I hope my answers help. I have no intention at all to make my run next year as a career move nor have it as a bullet point in my resume. In fact, I will never mention my bid for senate in my resume as I am actually interested in pursuing a career outside of politics. Thank you.
      Sincerely,
      H. Rizki Aljupri, BBA, MBA.

  • Rizki Aljupri

    Comello,

    My name is Rizki Aljupri and I am the person who is featured in this interview. I would like to personally answer your questions.

    “What is this young man’s motivation?”
    My main motivation is I want more young people to get involved in politics by running for office and creating positive change for the country. Me personally, if I get elected, I would like to start a program (with the help from the MPR Secretariat) called ‘Surat Elektronik Rakyat’, where every member of MPR will have the same domain email (e.g. rizki.aljupri@mpr.go.id). I hope this email will be the official communication tool between members of MPR and the people that they represent. Besides that, I would like MPR to launch a YouTube channel where they will show general meetings and public hearings of commission in DPR and committee in DPD on the internet. My goal is that I want to get these two programs done in my first three months in the senate.

    “What actually does he want to change?”
    There are a lot of things that I want to change, but if I get the honor to represent the people of Jakarta in the Indonesian Senate, I will focus on five areas: Education, health care, infrastructure, transparancy, and youths. If you go to my website, http://www.MasRizki.com , I explain everything there in Bahasa Indonesia. For example, in 2015, I will propose and push a ‘Kredit Mahasiswa’ bill. The main purpose of this program is to allow every high school graduate in Indonesia to take loans from the government if they or their families do not have enough money for college.

    I hope my answers help. I have no intention at all to make my run next year as a career move nor have it as a bullet point in my resume. In fact, I will never mention my bid for senate in my resume as I am actually interested in pursuing a career outside of politics. Thank you.

    Sincerely,
    H. Rizki Aljupri, BBA, MBA.

  • Putra

    If politics is not your future career plan, then what’s the point of doing it? If you are really passionate in making changes, and the changes can be effectively done through politics, then you should make politics for your career plan, right? I just don’t get it. My suggestion is that you go straight away to investment banking.

  • Putra

    By the way I am not really impressed with your program of making emails and youtube channels. Like seriously that’s what you are offering to us? I am <25 years old, just like you, but I believe I can be more creative than that.

  • Nora

    Rizki,

    I wish you success in every step of the way. Having a fresh new perspective and ideas will definitely help to create a more vibrant policy. At the end of it, it is truly for the people of Indonesia. What struck me as admirable is that, you have a whole future ahead of you..you can make out life into anything you want to be and yet, you want to make a difference to your own country right now at this age.

    I hope you succeed and may many more get inspired by your vision.