JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono held a special meeting with Vice President Boediono before issuing a statement about the bill on Yogyakarta’s special status. The meeting which started at 11 am at was also attended by six other ministers.
After the special meeting with the vice president, the head of state was scheduled to chair a limited cabinet meeting at 2 on Thursday afternoon before issuing a statement about the bill on Yogyakarta which has triggered polemics in the past few days.
Earlier, there was an information that Yogyakarta Governor Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X would be summoned by the president to the State Palace at 2 pm on Thursday but the issue was then denied by presidential spokesman Julian Aldrin Pasha.
"No, it is not true that Sri Sultan is summoned by President Yudhoyono," Julian said.
Meanwhile, People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) vice chairman Lukman Hakim Saefuddin said President Yudhoyono should be wise in relation with the special status of Yogyakarta province. Lukman expressed hope that President Yudhoyono’s explanation about the case at the cabinet meeting on Thursday afternoon could mitigate and resolve the polemic.
"What we need at present is the wisdom of the president, and we hope he will remedy the situation this afternoon by showing his commitment about the specialty of Yogyakarta," Lukman said.
According to the politician of the United Development Party (PPP), Yogyakarta Special regency referendum was no longer necessary because it would jeopardize the Unitary State of Indonesian Republic (NKRI). In addition, the people of Yogyakarta want Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X to remain governor.
"It has been clear that the majority of Yogyakarta people want Sri Sultan to remain governor, and the referendum is feared to be a threat to the NKRI," Lukman said.