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The second develspment was a poiitical notion advanced by Murtopo called the "Boating mass" concept. The idea was that the populace would Soehartc2 takes charge 33 beeorne a Boating mass allowed to vote once every five years but otherwise refrain from palitical activity, This was accompanied by r e s t ~ c tions on party activity in rural areas. (I;alkar, too, was affected by these restrictions but it was much better able to maintain links with rural areas via the army which had a presence in virtually every village.
He discover& his true cafling some months later when he enlisted in the Royal Netherlands Indies Army (KMXL). Again, the job was short-lived as the Dutch surrendered to the Japanese in early 1942. Soehaao then joined the local militia organised by the Japanese, nxlers he later described as deeply oppressive. When the Japanese left, Soeharto joined the fight against the Dutch and rase quickly through the ranks in the newly formed Indonesian army. Soeharto took part in the March 1949 offensive to retake Yogyakarta from the Dutch and, shortly after the Dutch had left for good, he was dlspatched to Sulawesi to help put down a revolt there.
Critics, inside and outside the armed farces, deplored the increasingly cosy relationship between the Yinancial generals" of whom Soeharto was only the most seniol; and a small group of ethnic Chinese businessmen. Soehartok tap two assistants, Ali Murtopo and Sudjono Hummdhani, were considered the leaders of the Yinancial generalsband became prime tagets of press criticism. A group of so-called "roofessional soldiers7aoked to General Saemitro, deputy co ander of the armed forces and head of the Kopkamtib internal security agency, and Major Genera1 Sayidirnstn Suryohadiproyo, deputy chief of staff of the army, to advance their views.