NAME: Wayan Mujarsa
AGE: 27
OCCUPATION: Personal assistant
LOCATION: Sanur

How do you think the country is doing now?
There are still many problems. We have corruption and the citizens’ welfare isn’t good. Maybe that’s why we have corruption. Politicians are always busy with meetings but they only talk as instead of acting.

Is the central government in Jakarta doing enough for the regions?
I don’t think so. They only pay attention to Java and forget about the east of Indonesia. They exploit the land’s natural resources and don’t do anything for the people on it.

If you were running the country, what three things would you fix or change immediately?
Corruption – because it’s the root of most problems. Education -sometimes families have many children and they can’t afford to put their children through school. And healthcare.

What do you think about Bali’s government?
It hasn’t changed much in the last few years. It’s still a mess.

Are you worried about the deadly outbreak of rabies in Bali?
It’s concentrated in Tabanan, so I’m not worried.

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?
Yes, of course.

What are the qualities of an Indonesian?
Most of them are good people. But there are differences between regions.

What for you has been Indonesia’s greatest moment since it declared independence in 1945?
The reforms after Suharto. But things still have to improve a lot.

BT/PCAR

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