Ardy Abba
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By: Ardy Abba

The political constellation of the Governors Election in East Nusa Tenggara Province on June 27, 2018 then slowly burned again. Even though one year has passed, the promise of East Nusa Tenggara Governor Viktor Bungtilu Laiskodat and Deputy Governor Josef A Nae Soi are still clear and as if they never fade in people’s minds.

Threaten to break the arms and legs of human traffickers, revoke mining licenses, send 10,000 East Nusa Tenggara children to study abroad within five years, close hotels and public shopping areas that damage the environment, etc.

These sentences are comments made by Governor Laiskodat’s promise, both during the campaign period and after he and Nae Soi were officially sworn in, on September 5, 2018.

Laiskodat is indeed one of the leaders who likes to sell words. His words are enough to foster sympathy for the people. He offered a beautiful dream and a paradise garden for the people of East Nusa Tenggara.

The production of the Laiskodat campaign promise must indeed be recognized to enable the people of East Nusa Tenggara to fly and imagine their future.

The impact of the promise was indeed felt, because it could influence the perceptions and actions of voters in East Nusa Tenggara. The proof, he and Nae Soi won by getting 838,213 votes or 35.60% of the total valid votes of 2,354,856.

The second position at the time, was occupied by the couple Marianus Sae-Emiliana J. Nomleni by obtaining 603,822 votes or 25.64%. Followed by Esthon L Foenay-Christian Rotok who won 469,025 votes or 19.92% and Benny K Harman-Benny A Litelnoni got 443,796 votes or 18.85%.

At that time, as many as 1,561,844 voters were using their voting rights out of 3,186,506 in the Final Voter List.

It is commonplace, when the campaign season suddenly prospective leaders are very proficient and can become experts on people’s welfare.

Sweet promises packaged nicely are able to influence the public perception of East Nusa Tenggara. The proof is that he won the governor election battle in the province.

One more campaign promises that the Governor Laiskodat is quite “fantastic”, namely providing transportation facilities for medical personnel.

The promise was a stir in the middle of the East Nusa Tenggara community after he blatantly delivered it during the final debate on the governor’s election on June 23, 2018.

The debate with the theme of education and health was broadcast through the INews TV station. The East Nusa Tenggara public at that time was busy watching how their future leaders collided with ideas and concepts in developing the province in the next five years.

The digital footprint of the promises of Laiskodat and Nae Soi or the Viktory-Joss Package still exists. Reported by, at that time Laiskodat stated, health problems in East Nusa Tenggara were not only a matter of facilities and infrastructure. But access of medical personnel to the islands is very difficult.

According to the cadre of the NasDem Party, one of the limitations in East Nusa Tenggara is expert doctors. Communities on the islands must seek treatment at a referral hospital in the city center to see an expert doctor.

Therefore, he and Nae Soi promised that patients would not see a doctor in the future. But the doctor visits the patient.

The Viktory-Joss package presents a solution to that problem by facilitating special means of transportation to specialist doctors.

“In the future, we are not referring patients to doctors, but doctors to patients. We prepare special planes, ships to remote islands. That’s the job of the government, “Laiskodat said in the final debate on the governor election of East Nusa Tenggara, as reported by

It is said, improving the level of health in East Nusa Tenggara is not just physical development of health facilities. For him, curative and preventive measures are also needed.

Laiskodat promised to prepare a special budget so that the people of East Nusa Tenggara can live healthy. The budget is expected to reduce the number of people who are sick.

That is a glimpse of “flirtation” Laiskodat during the debate. The East Nusa Tenggara public was then surprised, because the “seduction” in the form of a sweet promise was quite “fantastic”. Imagine preparing a special plane for expert doctors to areas in NTT to meet patients.

Then, it has been more than a year since the promise of the number 1 person in East Nusa Tenggara Province seems to have vanished because there was no realization. If it has been realized where and when the plane carrying an expert doctor landed?

Laiskodat’s promise during the governor’s election debate could become angry when we read the bitter story of Siti Aisyah Salsabila, a 3 month old baby and Teofanus Rifky Sandi, a 2 year old child.

Siti Aisyah Salsabila, a baby from Lokoboko Village, Ndona sub-District, Ende Regency, East Nusa Tenggara Province.

The doctor diagnosed Aisyah as having a heart leak due to Congenital Heart Disease with VSD type.

Aisyah’s parents had resigned after hearing the news that their child must be referred to Sanglah Hospital, Denpasar, Bali. Surrender is triggered by lack of funds.

Luckily thanks to the help of various parties, Aisyah then depart to Bali to operate on Saturday, January 11, 2020.

Siti Aisyah Salsabila, a baby from Lokonoko who had heart disease leaked. (Photo: Ian Bala / Vox NTT)

There were 13 oxygen cylinders prepared to help Aisyah’s breathing during the trip to Sanglah Hospital, Denpasar, Bali.

She departed to Denpasar by the KM Awu ship from the Port of Ippi Ende. Aisyah departed by ship and was questioned by many parties, including on Facebook.

“Sorry, why not just board the plane …,” wrote the owner of the Facebook account Hendrik Wibowo on the fanpage. Hendrik might be, one of the people of East Nusa Tenggara who is also concerned about the transportation used by Aisyah. The next question is where is the plane promised by the Governor Laiskodat during the Governor Election debate?

Then, Teofanus Rifky Sandi, a child from Wejang Kalo, Tal Village, Satarmese sub-District, Manggarai Regency, has suffered from an eye tumor since September 2019.

The son of the couple Inensiensius Sandi (21) and Aquilina Ndai (18) were born under normal circumstances on December 17, 2017.

Read: Rifky’s Family Needs Help

A few days after birth, Rifky’s two eyelids could not be opened, before finally growing a large tumor.

Both of Rifky’s parents also surrendered after hearing the news that their child had to be referred to Sanglah Hospital in Denpasar, Bali due to lack of funds.

Luckily thanks to the help of various parties, Rifky then depart to Bali to operate. Unfortunately destiny said otherwise. Rifky finally died on December 7, 2019 at the Sanglah Hospital in Bali.

The two patients are examples of how Governor Laiskodat’s promise has not been kept. Or “seduction” is not for both? While the promise to bring in an expert doctor by plane is only limited to “seduction”, which might aim to gain sound.

The sweet promise of the former member of the Indonesian House of Representatives brought expert doctors to remote parts of East Nusa Tenggara, it was feared that it would be like the Koiso Promise.

The promise was in the form of the political statement of the Imperial Japanese Prime Minister Kuniaki Koiso that one day to give freedom to the Indonesian people. Behind his promise, Kuniaki Koiso hoped that the Indonesian people would help the Japanese Empire in World War II.

Koiso’s promise was not finally realized because the United States succeeded in accelerating the completion of the war by bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki City.

In this case it is almost the same and very natural if there is anxiety. Anxiety about Laiskodat’s promise was not realized. Moreover, only three more years of his leadership in the Province of East Nusa Tenggara. Unfortunately, until now the promise has not yet been realized, even though it has been more than a year leading.

Of course until now hope that anxiety does not come true. The next three years are expected to be a golden opportunity for the Governor Laiskodat to deliver on his promises.

Let the story of Aisyah and Rifky become a historical foundation and whip up the spirit of Governor Laiskodat to deliver on his political promises. Hopefull!