NAME: Alex Hadi
AGE: 24
LOCATION: Denpasar

How do you think the country is doing now?
Really well, I think the President SBY is doing great things, like building schools in areas that desperately need them.

Is the central government in Jakarta doing enough for the regions?
I think they still spend too much time focusing on Jakarta and are slow to react to the needs of other areas.

If you were running the country, what three things would you fix or change immediately?
First I would build schools and make education available to everyone because education is so important for finding employment later. Secondly I would build hospitals and make healthcare easier to access for people, and thirdly I would improve infrastructure like roads.

What do you think about Bali’s government?
They are doing good things for tourist places, but regencies like Negara need more attention. Tourism should be more equally distributed around Bali. They could fix monuments and museums in less visited regencies to encourage tourism.

Are you worried about outbreaks of rabies and bird flu that have affected some areas of Bali?
Of course. I’m definitely worried about rabies.

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?
I believe it’s reasonable because it’s one of the five founding principals for Indonesia and Indonesians are very proud of keeping their principles.

What are the qualities of an Indonesian?
They are very patriotic and dedicated to their cultures and religions.

What for you has been Indonesia’s greatest moment since it declared independence in 1945?
The downfall of Suharto was a very important moment for Indonesia, but I think the greatest moment was when our current president, SBY, was elected.

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