NAME: Wayan Eko Wiyata
AGE: 43
OCCUPATION: Civil servant
LOCATION: Denpasar

How do you think the country is doing now?
The country has been developing really well. But the education system needs to be improved. The government needs to pay more attention to some regions in rural areas.
There are a lot more job opportunities provided either by the government or by some private companies.
We now have a health insurance program for poor people, which is a good thing. However, the system for that doesn’t work very well, as poor people have to deal with complicated bureaucracy to get health insurance.
The economy is getting better but some people don’t behave well and that’s why we still have problems with corruption.

Is the central government in Jakarta doing enough for the regions?
The central government takes care of some of the national problems but it hasn’t developed the country thoroughly.

If you were running the country, what three things would you fix or change immediately?
Health, security and infrastructure development.

What do you think about Bali’s government?
It’s good. The health system is good. We have a program called Bali Mandara. The government gives basic health insurance to all the Balinese people and any citizens who hold a Balinese identity card, except for people in Jembrana. Security is good but it could be improved.

Are you worried about the deadly outbreak of rabies in Bali?
Yes, I’m very worried. It’s not only worrying for the tourists but also for everyone who lives in Bali. The government has handled the problem but they need to take care of it continuously.

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?
It’s definitely possible and it has been proven already.

What are the qualities of an Indonesian?
They are polite, welcoming, friendly, caring and interact well with each other.

What for you has been Indonesia’s greatest moment since it declared independence in 1945?
The Suharto era, because everything was easy for us. After the reform, everything became expensive. But I don’t think there’s a particular great moment that occurred after independence.

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