NAME: Tri Dwi Hantoro
AGE: 44
OCCUPATION: Owner of a leather factory in Denpasar
LOCATION: Java

How do you think the country is doing now?
It will be OK in the future. But people have to be more creative. With China becoming part of ASEAN, if Indonesia doesn’t keep up with creativity we can’t do anything to compete. I also believe the political situation has to improve and that politicians should be honest and serve their country. If politics worked well then the economy would improve, because investors coming to Indonesia would feel safe to invest and to build our economy.

Is the national government in Jakarta doing enough for the regions?
To be honest I’m not interested in politics. But I know they’re not doing enough; they need to do more for the regions.

If you were running the country, what three things would you fix or change immediately?
Security, corruption and I would invest in creating jobs for people.

What do you think about Bali’s government?
At the moment it works well.

Are you worried about the deadly outbreak of rabies in Bali?
Yes, very much.

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?
Absolutely.

What are the qualities of an Indonesian?
Of course you find good and bad people everywhere but in general, Indonesians are friendly and religious.

What for you has been Indonesia’s greatest moment since it declared independence in 1945?
I don’t know.

BT/PCAR

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