Name : Michael Hermawan
Age : 25
Occupation : Graphic design student
From : Jakarta
Marital status: Single
What can be done to improve Baliâ€™s image?
Advertise its artistic heritage â€“ itâ€™s paintings, dance, wood carvings, stone carvings) â€“ like our neighbors Malaysia and Singapore do. Itâ€™s an effective way to get more tourists to come. Apart from that, security must always be a priority â€“ thatâ€™s most important.
Are you satisfied with the current level of security?
In Jakarta, no, but in Bali, yes â€“ I feel security in Bali is very tight when I compare it to Jakarta. Bali is safer, and the Balinese are friendly and helpful.
Is the central government doing enough to improve Indonesia?
No, theyâ€™re not. As far as I can see, there have been no improvements from the government, and none of their promises have been realized.
What are the challenges that lie ahead?
I think crime is a big one, because as the cost of living continues to rise â€“ with higher prices for petrol and food â€“ more companies will go bankrupt and more people will be out of work and desperate.
Whereâ€™s the hottest spot in Bali right now?
Anywhere thereâ€™s a beach! You can just chill out and enjoy whatâ€™s going on around you. Kuta is a good place to have fun â€“ there are so many restaurants and clubs. Ubud is a good place to relax and be inspired. (BT/AS)