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Thursday, January 25, 2007

Enjoy the show

Fellow Indonesians: Maybe it is time to wake up. The world is changing and what have we been doing?
Are we going to join the game or forever be spectators?

From the tribune:
"Ten years ago much of Asia was wracked by a financial crisis". But now, "with booming Chinese economy at their core Asian economies are forecast to provide the biggest share of the world economic growth." [1]

"The outlook hints at what some economists believe may increasingly come to define a new world economic order".

Here's more:
The Indian economy will join that of China in surpassing the size of the US economy by 2050 to become a motor of global growth, according to Goldman Sachs.
The United States is currently the world's largest economy. Goldman forecasts that the Chinese economy will pass that of the United States around 2035, while India will do the same about a decade later" [2].

And Indonesia?

It's been a while since we got our sweet democracy. It was a big leap forward at the time and we are all proud of it.
But maybe now it is time to make use of it.

Allow us to ask you this question:
When was the last time you heard our government unveiled a plan for Indonesia's future: a detailed-plan with short, medium and long term?

We asked this question around the office and what people mostly remember was Suharto and his Repelita (a 5 year development plan - consisting of Pelita 1 to 5, which makes it a 25 year plan) [3].

But that was then. Before democracy. Forgotten.
What about now? Do we have a plan? A plan that spans longer than say a 2-term presidency? A plan that will be consistently carried out one administration after the other? (if we do, dear reader, kindly enlighten us, because obviously we don't see it).

One colleague puts it well:
"There is one problem of having a democracy: we let our country run by politicians. And our politicians seem to only have one plan in mind: To survive the next election."

Will we ever have a plan that will bring our country to be 'among the biggest economy in the world in a decade from now' ?
A plan that will lift millions out of poverty (like in China [4]),
a plan that will make us (or our children, or our children's children) proud someday?

Or are we going to watch the world changing and forever be spectators?
If that's the case then sit back and enjoy the show, because the changes are happening right now in front of our eyes.

[1] International Herald Tribune, Jan 24 2006, Page 6
[2] International Herald Tribune, Jan 25, 2006, Page 14
[3] Wikipedia - Repelita
[4] China Economic Net - 100 mln poor in rural China lifted out of poverty 


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I begin to wonder, and have some doubt, will there be anyone at all who will be able to do any proper planning, short, medium, long term for our country, or will we stuck solving a day to day cases ?

3:51 PM  
Blogger Indonesia Anonymus said...

good to know we are not the only ones who wonder.

Seriously, are we - as a country - really don't have a real plan for the future?

(Or there is only one plan and we are sticking to it: pray...)

4:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't see any plan whatsoever. I don't even know to which direction our country will go. The administration is just playing a puzzle in a mud.

10:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nevertheless, with whatever faced by the Country these days, and with the combination of "problem-solver" at the government level now, I do try to be in the President's shoes and never-never-never want to be in. Seriously, I don't think anyone could ever do better. Combination of problems-lack of teamwork-lack of commitment from some people-opportunistic character on one side is not good even when you have the best option as a President.

Presidency, anyone ?

3:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe one of the problem is the lack of willingness to know what our government is up to.....for instance --> THERE ACTUALLY IS A 20 YEAR PLAN FOR DEVELOPMENT PEOPLE...look at the laws of the country and maybe you'll find something useful instead of just blaming the government or everyone else that can be blamed and do your part as well in helping our country. (check out this article -->

We are all responsible, we cannot just blame the government for their lack of planning or executing for that matter.

We complain day in and day out of the lack of planning by our government, the lack of good ministers in the cabinet, the lack of accountability, the lack of enforceability of our laws, but have we once called out on our self on what we have done for the country ?

We keep buying pirated movies/music, we keep bribing people whether for personal or professional reasons at work, we stand by as people rob our nation of its natural resources,we do not care what our government is doing unless it effects us personally, we complain and debate every action done by the government even though it is within their right to do so by law, and lets not forget one undeniable fact --> WE ACTUALLY VOTED FOR THESE PEOPLE, therefore we are accountable also for their actions IF we stand still or just complain without giving a possible solution to the problem ?

Complaining isn't going to solve anything, especially with our government ? when was the last time our voices were heard ? let's be practical and try to debate the problem AND FIND A SOLUTION by ourselves cause the government doesn't seem to be doing it (reminds me of the Editorials of one major newspaper in Indonesia, all it does is BLAME, COMPLAIN, and BLAME again ? but no trace out so ever of a possible solution to the problem)...we do not need someone to point our what's wrong in this beloved country of ours (and its not that hard to see the things that are actually wrong what we need is solutions solutions and solutions)

India and China are now becoming to be major economic powerhouses in the world, not because their government had an incredible 10, 15, or 25 year development plan or because their cabinet ministers were geniuses granted from heaven by the gods, but it has done so with the help of ITS PEOPLE.

3:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree that instead of just complaining, we should have done something.
But, can we? Seriously.
Also, this blog is just a place for people to exchange thoughts, and most thoughts are in the form of complaints.
The people running this country are still from the Suharto era, so we shouldn’t expect big changes. However, I have high hopes that the next generation will be able to bring our country flying way higher.
About China, we have to remember that it was a communist country. Everything was very centralized. The government decided everything without much opposition from the people. I think, the trace of communism can’t just disappear overnight, it takes time.
Even until now, it is easy for the Chinese government to manage their people, and I think the government officials are the one who thought of the big master plan to be executed for China.
So, in my opinion, it was the government plan that takes China to its success. It is true that the Chinese people have lots to do with the success, because they are willing to follow the government plan and work super hard.
In short, the government does need to have a strong plan because the government officials are the people with the power and access to run the country.
And, that’s what they are paid for.
As for us, even if we have the plan, what can we do with it? We are not politician, we are just common people. But sometimes, all of this complaints and thoughts will be heard, if we shout loud enough.
Does anyone have a solution big enough to safe our country?

12:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hey, the World Bank have been making plans for us and the politicians seem to follow. See worldbank.ord/id

9:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, don't stop longing for the coming of Satria Piningit.
It's what my neighbor do.
And his neighbor.
And his neighbor's neighbor.
And so on. And so forth.

9:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And our politicians seem to only have one plan in mind: "To survive the next election."

And all non-politicans seem only have one plan in mind: "How to become a successful politicans"...


3:27 PM  

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