NAME: Ketut Widya
AGE: 43
LOCATION: Angkan, Klungkung

How do you think the country is doing now?
It’s difficult to say. In Bali the economy is better than most of Indonesia, but there are very poor areas, like some places in Klungkung. Tourism is slow right now here in Bali, which has a knock-on effect on all of Indonesia.

Is the central government in Jakarta doing enough for the regions?
There are still so many poor areas in Indonesia; so, no, I don’t think the central government does enough for all the provinces.

If you were running the country, what three things would you fix or change immediately?
I’m not sure how exactly I would do it but the economy needs to be boosted, safety and security in Bali and in all of Indonesia must be ensured and the high number of unemployed people needs to be dealt with.

What do you think about Bali’s government?
I don’t think it’s changed much. We’re still waiting to see what happens.

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 possible, but there are always going to be problems, like the ones between Christians and Muslims on certain islands.

What are the qualities of an Indonesian?
I think they are generally happy people, although the Balinese are probably happier than other Indonesians because the island is prosperous.

What for you has been Indonesia’s greatest moment since it declared independence in 1945?
Independence changed a lot of things for Indonesians: roads, water and other infrastructure became widespread. It’s hard to pinpoint a time, but for Bali, I think it was just before the first bombing. Tourism was thriving and the economy was really good.

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