NAME: Barliyan Tamagayo
How do you think the country is doing now?
It’s doing well, actually. The political systems and rules are getting a lot better. All political parties have one mission, which is to develop the country. The social culture is also improving. The government never stops campaigning to attract more tourists from all over the world to come to the country. Education in Indonesia is also getting better. There are a lot of international schools in Indonesia and the government is now also implementing a new program called BOS: it’s a school-tuition which is free for the poor. However, the education system in Indonesia needs to be improved.
Is the central government in Jakarta doing enough for the regions?
No, it isn’t. We now have decentralisation, but the government still controls the regions too much.
If you were running the country, what three things would you fix or change immediately?
I think there are only two things that I would fix. The first is the education system. The curriculum they are using now is the national curriculum, which I think doesn’t really include worldwide understanding. Another thing that I would fix is the economy. The government is trying to minimise the jobless, but it hasn’t been successful.
What do you think about Bali’s government?
I have never found any significant problems, so I think Bali’s government is doing very well.
Are you worried about the deadly outbreak of rabies in Bali?
Not really, because it’s not going to affect my life directly. The government has done the right thing by culling and vaccinating street dogs.
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?
Yes, it is.
What are the qualities of an Indonesian?
Indonesians are helpful and they welcome Western culture.
What for you has been Indonesia’s greatest moment since it declared independence in 1945?
The reformation era after the fall of Suharto.