Dahlan Iskan Says He Wants Indonesian Presidency, But Not ‘Desperate’ for the Role

State Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan at the BeritaSatu office in Jakarta. (JG Photo/Jurnasyanto Sukarno)

State Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan at the BeritaSatu office in Jakarta. (JG Photo/Jurnasyanto Sukarno)

State Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan said on Monday that while he wants to be elected as president of Indonesia in 2014, he’s not “desperate” for the job.

“It is a lie [if I said I] don’t want to be president, but not to the stage of really desperate,” Dahlan said on Monday, as quoted by Antaranews.com.

According to a research by PoliticaWave released on Sunday, Dahlan is on the top of the list of presidential candidates with high electability.

“Dahlan Iskan is still in the highest position,” PoliticaWave director Yose Rizal said at a press conference, as quoted by Antaranews.com on Sunday. “In the second position is Mahfud MD, followed by Chairul Tanjung and Jusuf Kalla.”

Other candidates in the top 10 include Golkar Party chairman Aburizal Bakrie, Hatta Rajasa from the National Mandate Party (PAN), Wiranto from the People’s Conscience Party (Hanura) and Trade Minister Gita Wirjawan.

Instead of conducting a more common quantitative survey, PoliticaWave concluded the electability of the candidates based on social media analysis, including Facebook, Twitter, blogs and other social networks.

Dahlan said that he appreciated the research and believed it to be accurate and authentic.

“We’ll wait to certain time, if [my electability] rank is low that means many people dislike me, I won’t force myself and should know my place,” he said.

He said that being at the highest rank means that he had to work harder as minister, and he would not promote himself as presidential candidate while on the job.

“I won’t put [myself] on a billboard, banner or other special promotions because one cannot make up electability,” he said. “If it has to go up, it will go up. If it has to go down, it will.”

However, Rizal said that some of Dahlan’s activities had sparked negative reaction from the public, including the news about the inefficiency of power company PLN, a lack of accuracy report about a lawmaker extorting his staffs, and a report about a car accident in which he drove an unregistered car.

“But his business at the moment has revived the trust of social media people,” Rizal said. “He gained sympathy for driving himself, going around on ojek [motorcycle taxi] and public transportation.”

  • Nurul Utami

    Dahlan Iskan has many achievement as a Minister of State Enterprises, but they are not mentioned in this news