NAME: Yustina Niluh Eka Winarti
AGE: 20

How do you think the country is doing now?
The country is doing just like it was before; it hasn’t changed. There’s still corruption and now the country has more economic crises than with Suharto.

Is the central government in Jakarta doing enough for the regions?
It’s not. There are many problems in Jakarta and it’s just focusing on that area.

If you were running the country, what three things would you fix or change immediately?
Corruption, education and the economy.

What do you think about Bali’s government?
It’s better than the national government. Bali’s government is more focused on our economy. It promotes Bali to tourists. Many people have a job because of the tourism industry.

Are you worried about the outbreak of rabies that has affected some areas of Bali?
Yes. Many have died from it.

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, it is.

What are the qualities of an Indonesian?
Indonesians are friendly and tolerant. But some still don’t understand other cultures. Some people, like myself, don’t understand how some foreigners drink so much or how some women dress with tight clothes, exposing their bodies like that.

What for you has been Indonesia’s greatest moment since it declared independence in 1945?
The reform in 1999.

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