Name: Adil Ekantara
Age: 25
Occupation: Hotel employee

Is the country better or worse since former president Suharto stepped down 10 years ago?

Some things are better, such as democracy, but some things are worse – security and the economy, for example.

How did you feel when you heard he died in January?
I was sorry to hear one of the most influential figures in Indonesia had passed away, but Indonesia must keep pushing forward with its current leaders.

Is Jakarta politics relevant to your life, or is it ruled by elites who are out of touch with the people?
I think politicians should be paying attention to the people more. We see in the media everyday that poor people really need help.

What does Indonesia have to do to become an economic powerhouse once again?
To gain international trust, we must increase the security and safety of Indonesia.

If you were running the country, what would you fix or change immediately?
Indonesia’s economy has been going through a very bad period for the last few years, which has caused a worrying amount of unemployment, so the first and main thing I would fix would be the economy.

What should Bali’s government be focusing on?
The security and safety of Bali. Since the bombing tragedies in 2002 and 2005 our security has been in the international spotlight, so it’s important to gain the trust of investors to better the economy.

Indonesia is made up of more than 17,500 islands, many religions, dozens of ethnic groups and hundred of local dialects. Therefore, is it reasonable to expect “Unity in Diversity,” as the founding fathers declared?

Of course; it’s Indonesia’s trademark. No country in the world is better then Indonesia at handling diversity.

What does being Indonesian mean to you? What sets you apart from, say, neighboring Singapore, Brunei or Malaysia?

Being Indonesian means being proud of being part of a place united by diversity.

Why do you think Indonesia has always has such a testy relationship with its neighbor Australia?
I think it’s because we are so close. Many Indonesians want to go there because Australia is the closest place to the differences between Eastern and Western cultures.

What for you has been Indonesia’s greatest moment since it declared independence in 1945?
I don’t think Indonesia has had its greatest moment yet.

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