Papers across Indonesia put the blame for a wave of protests against proposed fuel price hikes firmly on the shoulders of the government.
Drivers queue for fuel in Jakarta
One daily says that if elections were held next month, the president and his administration would fail to get in. There is much sympathy for the suffering that people will endure.
Editorial in Jakarta's Suara Karya
The fuel price hike has made the government unpopular. It seems the government has paid less attention to society's burden... This proves that the government's information management has been really terrible. The government should treat the fuel price hike as information which must be cautiously handled so that it will not cause panic amongst the public.
Editorial in Surabaya's Jawa Pos
In this case, the government's stand and statements regarding the plans to raise the fuel price have sparked social panic... Tragically, the House of Representatives itself has also created uncertainties in society.
Editorial in Jakarta's Media Indonesia
The irrationality of consumers [queuing for fuel] which verges on panic stems from uncertainties and distrust... Consumers do not trust the government, Pertamina [state-owned oil company] or the fuel stations.
Editorial in Semarang's Suara Merdeka
The utterly bleak situation ahead of the fuel price hike has made us continue to wonder: Why must this condition occur? Aren't there better ways, better management or more strategic and tactical measures amidst the endless hardships which society continues facing? Hasn't this government learned from its predecessors?
Editorial in Medan's Waspada
If we hold the general elections next month, it is clear that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono [SBY], Vice-President Jusuf Kalla and Hidayat Nurwahid [speaker of the People's Consultative Assembly] will not be elected by the people, who face a more bitter life as a result of their decision to increase the fuel price... The government may claim that it has prepared its security apparatus to counter the movement of protesters, but if the number of angry people continues to rise day by day, then SBY/Kalla will only have two choices: To hang on to power with the risk of heavy casualties or to resign as president and vice-president as a consequence of the distrust of the people.
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