Umar Hasan, 66, is a retired civil servant from South Sumatra.

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
Be faithful, diligent, religious and disciplined.

What’s most important?

Your health and friends.

What advice would you give the younger generations?

When you are young, don’t waste your time; use it properly so you will have a good future.

Are you worried about dying?

No, I’m not. I’m ready to die, as long as it’s not because of sickness or an accident.

When was the happiest time of your life?

When I got married, because I had a friend with whom I could share my life.

And the worst?

When I was in an accident years ago – a hit-and-run.

What’s humanity all about?

Trust, appreciation and giving to each others.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?

Because in life, there are many differences.

Is a peaceful world impossible?

It’s possible but I think it would be very difficult and take a long time to achieve.

Are you disappointed with your life or happy at what’s happened?

Although I was only a government employee with a small salary, I really enjoyed my work and I’m happy with my life.

How old do you feel?

I feel so young – 25.

Is there anything you still want to do?

No. I’ve done enough.

Is one lifetime enough?

Yes, it is. In my religion (Islam), we don’t believe in reincarnation, so one must be enough.

How has Bali changed since you were a child?

It’s changed so much. I’ve been in Bali since 1962, and back then Bali was very safe – I could leave my bicycle beside the street until nighttime. But now you can’t do that, because in five minutes it would be gone. Apart from that, the Balinese used to be very friendly, but not any more. They are selfish now.

Is it better or worse?


Has tourism been good for Bali?

Yes – it’s improved people’s salaries.

What’s the major difference between the East and West?

There are a lot. In terms of education, I think the West is better, and also their traditions.

Have you ever doubted your religion?


What makes you so sure about it?

I pray every day and the more I pray the more I get closer to God.

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