NAME: Ketut Mery
AGE: 48
OCCUPATION: Souvenir seller
LOCATION:  Serangan

How do you think the country is doing now?
For a long time now things have been going well. I’ve been working with tourists for most of my life and because of them we sell and we can progress.

Is the central government in Jakarta doing enough for the regions?
I don’t know anything about the government in Jakarta. I’ve always lived in Serangan and I’ve never known what goes on outside this area because I have never left.

If you were running the country, what three things would you fix or change immediately?
I never went to school and I can’t read or write. The only thing I’ve done is sell things to tourists. So I would help the community and encourage more tourists to come.

What do you think about Bali’s government?
For me it is good because they bring tourists to Bali.

Are you worried about the outbreak of rabies that has affected some areas of Bali?
No, I’m not. There has been no rabies case in Serangan Island, where I live.

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 know there are differences but we are all the same.

What are the qualities of an Indonesian?
Traditional and friendly.

What for you has been Indonesia’s greatest moment since it declared independence in 1945?
When Suharto was president. The economy was very good.


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