JAKARTA: Indonesian president Abdurrahman Wahid has turned to
British public affairs consultant Nigel Oakes to help manage his image
amid a tide of unpopularity which threatens to engulf his
Wahid hired Oakes, who runs Jakarta PR and public affairs shop Strategic
Communications Laboratories, on the word of his advisers.
His tasks include monitoring and evaluation of media coverage of the
Wahid administration, which has been criticised as ineffective since the
recent resumption of ethnic and separatist violence on several islands
in the Indonesian archipelago.
Oakes’ appointment comes shortly before this month’s session of the
People’s Consultative Assembly at which some members have threatened an
attempt to remove the president.
Wahid came to power nine months ago on a reformist platform after the
dissolution of president Suharto’s 30-year term in office in 1998.