Behind the major players - Abdurrahman Wahid, Megawati Sukarnoputri, and Golkar chief Akbar Tanjung - stand a host of often faceless party activists.
Clustering around Harmoko first, then around Akbar Tanjung
, they faced threats of expulsion.But in the end, fears that Golkar might lose the election helped them to prevail.They turned it into a more conventional political party, cutting formal links with the military and the bureaucracy, building links with business, talking a lot about the rule of law - but not apologizing for a shady past.
is one of them and keeps in touch through the alumni association KAHMI.
Megawati Sukarnoputri is backed by similar factions.
...At the end of May 2000, Ade Komaruddin presented Akbar Tanjung with a petition signed by 277 parliamentarians, from almost all parties, demanding that parliament question the President about his decision to sack two cabinet ministers.
Since raiding the till of state agencies is standard practice, Tanjung
worried that Golkar would also be tainted by an expose, but he
gave in, suddenly looking old beside the young Turks.