FROM: Canggu, Bali
OCCUPATION: Hotel receptionist
How do you think the country is doing now?
I think it’s getting better. The government has stabilized the prices of things like petrol. I really love President SBY because since he was elected I feel safer.
Is the central government in Jakarta doing enough for the regions?
Not yet. Remote areas like Papua still don’t have enough educational or health facilities. The concentration of what the government does is focused on Jakarta.
If you were running the country, what three things would you fix or change immediately?
I would make education free for everyone and build more schools. I would also build more health centers and give out more free medicine. Finally I would make sure laws were enforced more seriously and consistently.
What do you think about Bali’s government?
They are just so-so. Nothing has really changed since Mangku Pastika became governor.
Are you worried about outbreaks of rabies and bird flu that have affected some areas of Bali?
No, 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?
Yes, sure it’s possible.
What are the qualities of an Indonesian?
We are happy and easygoing.
What for you has been Indonesia’s greatest moment since it declared independence in 1945?
I’m not sure about the whole country of Indonesia, but in Bali we were definitely prospering more than ever just before the first bomb attack in 2002.