NAME: Ngurah Muliarta
OCCUPATION: Food-shop owner
How do you think the country is doing now?
It’s not so good because everyone wants to be the leader as they want money, but they don’t do much for the country. The government doesn’t give enough money for health and education.
Is the central government in Jakarta doing enough for the regions?
Yes, I believe it is.
If you were running the country, what three things would you fix or change immediately?
Health, education and corruption.
What do you think about Bali’s government?
It helps in building infrastructure but the poor people are not benefitting from increases in the price of rice.
Are you worried about the outbreak of rabies that has affected some areas of Bali?
No, I’m not. There’s no rabies in my village, Abianbase, in Gianyar.
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?
There have been different religions and different dialects for a long time but that doesn’t matter. We are still unified.
What are the qualities of an Indonesian?
Indonesians are open and friendly but some are very focused on their own lives and don’t care about others.
What for you has been Indonesia’s greatest moment since it declared independence in 1945?
When Suharto was president. The economy was better back then.