NAME: Febby Fabianti
OCCUPATION: Sour Sally Bali manager
How do you think the country is doing now?
Indonesia is developing in almost every aspect: in education, health, politics and property investment. But some developing cities need more tourists, for example Manado in North Sulawesi.
Is the central government in Jakarta doing enough for the regions?
It focuses mainly in Java and they don’t pay enough attention to education and health in the other regions.
If you were running the country, what three things would you fix or change immediately?
Corruption, education and infrastructure to decrease traffic.
What do you think about Bali’s government?
They’re doing a good job by encouraging tourism. Bali’s government seems quite clean in terms of corruption.
Are you worried about the deadly outbreak of rabies in Bali?
Yes. There are too many dogs. Every person who owns dogs should keep them at home. With stray dogs, BAWA (Bali Animal Welfare Association) is doing a great job in educating the community, but it will take time. People need to learn to deal with stray dogs by calling an NGO and know what to do if they get bitten. This has gotten better, though.
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?
In Indonesia it’s difficult. I have a Chinese background and have personally had a very bad experience. When I was in high school, after Suharto, many started burning down houses of Indonesians with a Chinese background and looted their shops. It happened to my family. I don’t think unity has been achieved yet, although the Balinese are more tolerant than in other regions.
What are the qualities of an Indonesian?
Indonesians are generally friendly, but of course there are differences between regions. In Jakarta, for example, people are mistrustful.
What for you has been Indonesia’s greatest moment since it declared independence in 1945?
When Suharto was president as the economy was stable.
BT/PCARFiled under: Vox Populi