NAME: Komang Dana
AGE: 31
OCCUPATION: Tourist information centre employee
LOCATION:  Padang Bai

How do you think the country is doing now?
The economy is good because tourists are coming back after the decrease when the bombings happened. Health is not that great and education in some areas needs to be improved.

Is the central government in Jakarta doing enough for the regions?
No. It only focuses on Jakarta.

If you were running the country, what three things would you fix or change immediately?
I’d give more jobs to the people and would improve education. I’d also get rid of corruption.

What do you think about Bali’s government?
It’s doing well right now.

Are you worried about the outbreak of rabies that has affected some areas of Bali?
Not at all; there are vaccines now.

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?
I don’t believe in that. I only believe in my religion and we are too different to expect unity.

What are the qualities of an Indonesian?
There are many differences between regions but in general I’d say friendly and religious.

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

When Suharto was president. Food was a lot cheaper back then and we didn’t have any bombs in Bali.

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