NAME: Bambang
AGE: 33
OCCUPATION: Water-sports employee

How do you think the country is doing now?
Good, I think SBY (President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono) is keeping things under control. I think he’ll be reelected in the upcoming election.

Is the central government in Jakarta doing enough for the regions?
I think so. They seem to be doing a good job with forming relationships with other countries around the world, which is good for the whole of Indonesia, not just Jakarta.

If you were running the country, what three things would you fix or change immediately?

I think my main focus would be the forming of successful relationships worldwide, for trade, tourism and as allies. There are many other things that need work as well, like education and unemployment.

What do you think about Bali’s government?
I think they’re doing a good job. I do think Governor Pastika needs to take care of Bali’s unemployed, though. There are too many people on the streets drinking, or just sitting around not working.

Are you worried about outbreaks of rabies and bird flu that have affected some areas of Bali?
Yes, of course. There are so many stray dogs in Sanur. I hope they can all be wiped out.

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?
That’s a difficult question to answer – perhaps it’s a little idealistic.

What are the qualities of an Indonesian?
Indonesians are generally happy, but I think they worry too much about what others think about them. Perhaps they have too much time to hang around and think.

What for you has been Indonesia’s greatest moment since it declared independence in 1945?
I don’t think we’ve had it yet. Maybe it will come after this global economic crisis.

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