NAME: Ni Luh Putu Ratnawati
AGE: 24
LOCATION: Karangasem

How do you think the country is doing now?
The country is fine now, but I’m living in the past a bit so I think it was better 10 years ago. It was more peaceful at least, fewer riots.

Is the central government in Jakarta doing enough for the regions?
No, they aren’t doing enough yet. We can see the prosperity level is very different from region to region and there is still a massive gap between the rich people in Jakarta and people in remote regions.

If you were running the country, what three things would you fix or change immediately?
Security, education and the economy. I think these are the most critical sectors for a successful future in Indonesia.

What do you think about Bali’s government?

I think it’s better than Indonesia’s government – more solid.

Are you worried about outbreaks of rabies and bird flu that have affected some areas of Bali?
Not really.

Indonesia is made up of more than 17,500 islands, many religions, dozens of ethnic groups and hundred of dialects. Therefore, is it reasonable to expect “Unity in Diversity,” as the founding fathers declared?
It is a reasonable expectation, but perhaps not as easy as they made it out to be. We need to do more activities with mixed religions and races to find out about our similarities and common purposes rather than dwelling on all our differences.

What are the qualities of an Indonesian?
We are accepting, open, kind and generous.

What for you has been Indonesia’s greatest moment since it declared independence in 1945?
I find this question really hard. We have had some good periods, like the late 1990s and early 2000s, but I can’t pinpoint an exact event as the greatest moment.

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