NAME: Josh
AGE: 20
FROM: Flores
OCCUPATION: Tour firm employee

How do you think the country is doing now?
I think it’s still in transition. We need our president to keep making changes and improvements, like doing something about the number of unemployed people and the number of children not getting a good enough education.

Is the central government in Jakarta doing enough for the regions?
I don’t think they necessarily only concentrate on Jakarta, but I do think they do much more for cities than they do for rural areas. They need to help the people outside cities much more.

If you were running the country, what three things would you fix or change immediately?
Like I said before, unemployment and education are the two most important issues right now. After those I’m not sure.

What do you think about Bali’s government?
I’m not really up to date on Balinese politics, but I think they need to deal with infrastructure problems like bad roads, especially to tourist sites. Right now the roads are really bad.

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?
We can be one, but only if our leaders have the same aims.

What are the qualities of an Indonesian?
It’s hard to say because they are so varied. We are such a huge country and there are too many types of people to answer that.

What for you has been Indonesia’s greatest moment since it declared independence in 1945?
I’m not sure about the greatest moment, but I think since SBY became president, he’s been making some very positive changes in education and the economy. I’ll be voting for him in the next election and hopefully he will continue to make positive moves.

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