Former Indon President chased out reporters from meeting
Denpasar, April 21 (NNN-ANTARA) Former President Megawati Soekarnoputri, chairperson of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), drove electronic and print media reporters out of room of Bali`s Sanur Mercuri Hotel where the opening ceremony of a party regional working meeting was being held on Saturday.
"Since this event is closed to print and electronic media, I want all reporters here out of this room," Megawati said after welcoming around 500 participants of the meeting.
Megawati gave the order after the chairman of the PDI-P`s Balichapeter, Anak Agung Oka Ratmadi, delivered his welcoming address. During Ratmadi`s speech , reporters were free to do their job in the room.
But the reporters were herded out the room after Megawati, who during her three-year tenure as pressident was close to reporters, told them to get out.
Dozens of newsmen who had not expected to be treated like that by the PDI-P leader finally left the room in a sullen mood.
"I don`t understand why Megawati`s behavior is still like that. PDI-P is said to be an open political party but now I really think it is not," one of the expelled reporters said.
Eventually, the media representatives had to wait patiently in the hotel`s lobby while Megawati was delivering her opening address.
The PDI-P regional working meeting to discuss among other things preparations for Bali`s gubernatorial election was also attended by the party`s secretary general, Pramono Anung.