Interview – Pande Made Wisnu, Student
Marital Status: Single
What progress has the country made since it became democratic since eight years ago?
I donâ€™t see that thereâ€™s been that much progress, unless you look at the freedom of speech.
Has democracy generally been a positive force for Indonesia?
Not that much, I donâ€™t think. The government has allowed the people to create new parties, but thatâ€™s about it.Howâ€™s the country doing right now?
Well, since Suharto stepped down, weâ€™ve had to start from zero â€“ that means we need about 50 years to see the results of what weâ€™re doing today.
What are the challenges that lie ahead?
There are many, one of which is how to improve the people â€“ they should be better educated.
Is Indonesia a confident member of the international community, and what can it bring to the global stage?
Not yet. We have a long way to go if we want other countries to hear what we have to say. One example is we were against the (2003) invasion of Iraq, but it still happened.
Should the country be taking a more proactive stance regionally – say, in the case of Myanmarâ€™s detained democracy leader or North Korea?
Yes, it should. Especially in the case of North Korea, as they respect or founding president, Sukarno, and thatâ€™s a base from which to work.
Name three things that if done would change the country overnight into a more attractive place.
The peopleâ€™s behavior, discipline and cleanliness.
Whatâ€™s the biggest global threat you see emerging, and what can be done about it?
North Korea and its nuclear program, having recently carried out a test firing of a missile. (BT/IP)
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