NAME: Juliater Tarigan
AGE: 33
OCCUPATION: Language teacher

How do you think the country is doing now?
I don’t trust the government or the law and I hate how the administration works in this country. But I believe the situation will improve.

Is the central government in Jakarta doing enough for the regions?
No, they’re not. They just focus on Java and forget about other regions. The east of Indonesia isn’t developed at all.

If you were running the country, what three things would you fix or change immediately?
Education, the health system and, of course, corruption.

What do you think about Bali’s government?
I think it’s better than Jakarta’s. It’s not perfect but at least they invest money in infrastructure.

Are you worried about the deadly outbreak of rabies in Bali?
No, I’m not.

Indonesia is made up of more than 17,500 islands, many religions, dozens of ethnic groups and hundreds of dialects. Therefore, is it reasonable to expect “Unity in Diversity,” as the founding fathers declared?
Of course. That’s the most important thing. It’s the pride of our country.

What are the qualities of an Indonesian?
We’re friendly, respectful, tolerant and welcoming.

What for you has been Indonesia’s greatest moment since it declared independence in 1945?
After Suharto we could finally be free. Before, many people were caught and killed because there was no freedom of speech. Now we have it.

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