Name : I Gusti Ketut Budiasa
Address : Negara, Jembrana
Age : 52
Profession : Clothing and bag seller at Negara Market

How do you think the country is doing now?
It feels better at the moment.

Is the central government doing enough for the regions?
Yes. And it has helped Bali’s local governments to provide services, for example the Jembrana health card (JKJ) that means local people can get free medicine from clinics. 

If you were running the country, what three things would you fix or change immediately?
First corruption, then education and health.

What do you think about Bali’s government?
It’s good. I’ve seen the results. At one village I know in western Buleleng, close to Gilimanuk, the government has paid for school buildings for local people.

Are you worried about the outbreak of rabies that has affected some areas of Bali?
No, I am not worried, because I cannot see many dogs around us.

Indonesia is made up to 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?
Yes. This is not new. A long time ago in the Sriwijaya or Majapahit kingdoms, the kings achieved Indonesian unity.

What for you has been Indonesia’s greatest moment since it declared independence in 1945?
Indonesia’s economy when Suharto was president. It was not so hard like now.

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