House Warns Jokowi about Widening Economic Gap

Wednesday, 11 OCtober 2017 , 09:00:00 WIB -

Residents living beside Cisadane River in Bogor, West Java, Wednesday (4/10). (ANTARA)

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – House of Representatives Commission XI member Heri Gunawan has warned President Joko Widodo that the gap between the rich and the poor in Indonesia remains wide and continues to widen. The country’s gini ratio has reached 0.39 percent.

"The level is a warning. The inequality is still happening. The national economic growth has not been creating many new jobs and the national economy is being dominated by a few people," Heri said, quoted by, Monday (9/10).

The Gerindra (Great Indonesia Movement) Party politician said that, for each percentage economic growth in Indonesia, only 40,000 new jobs are created. He says this is a very low ratio.

"This is a warning telling us that the national economic growth is being enjoyed by a few people. One percentage of the population is controlling 39 percent of the national income. If we don’t address this problem, the social jealousy will worsen in the country," he said.

Meanwhile, a lot of Indonesia’s population are in their productive age. Around 60 percent are below 40.
"If the government fails to address this, they are creating a time bomb. Many o the population are in their prime condition (below 40), but are not being maximized," Heri said. (mag)