28 May 2010

So Rich So Poor

Cyberedhoy, Cipayung
27.05.10

This is what i feel so...

INDONESIA is one of the world's richest countries in terms of natural resources. God has blessed Indonesia with gold, uranium, copper, oil, timber, beaches, seas and other wealth. The land is fertile with abundant rain. Stick a twig into the ground and it grows into a tree (sounds like kolam susu, Koes Plus). Yet Indonesians sleep in the streets.

Food is expensive. The average Indonesian eats some rice, tempe, tahu and may be some vegetables for breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday. An average Nasi Padang meal for four persons in a local Sederhana restaurant can cost Rp 160k (remain me of Sederhana Ampera 2 months ago).

Why is this so? The answer is because the ruling elites in Indonesia do not care about the people. They have pillaged the country. They craft policies that only serve to keep the elites in power and the wealthy.

There are also millions of Indonesians who go to school and university but do not learn skills that can help them survive in the real world. They are very poor in European languages like English or Dutch. All their education is in Indonesian.

So they cannot keep up with the latest developments and technologies. They cannot compete. They remain poor. The children of the elite are sent overseas for their education.

An average Indonesian university graduate cannot bring world class skills to his employers. He or she therefore earns a pittance. Local graduates only strike it rich if they get Government jobs where they do not do much work but earn a good salary with a pension. In the private sector they may not get a job or earn only a pittance.  That is why a million graduates remain unemployed in Indonesia.

Instead of developing the competitive ability of the people, the Government provide subsidies and dish out money on a plate.  Everything is subsidised, even cooking oil, flour, rice, sugar, fuel, etc. The Government has been providing these subsidies so that the people will keep voting for the ruling party.

Already university graduates cannot find jobs or compete in the private sector. What happens when the oil money runs out? What happens when (not if, but when) the Government cannot simply spend billions of oil money to sustain its voting base any longer?

It is rubbish that Indonesian which produces a lot of oil does not have a single oil refinery but Singapore which does not have a single drop of oil have some of S E Asia's biggest oil refineries. Indonesia is an oil producing nation but does not produce one single drop of petrol. All it's oil gets shipped to Singapore for refining and imported back to Indonesia at much higher prices.

That is when we may see people sleeping in the streets, this country will go up in flames. We will all be consumed. Go and visit others island. This is what is happening over there. It is happening over here too.  Does Javanese have a problem? Yes the Sundanese are not happy, the Jaks are not happy and the Boneks are not happy.

We are not Java, Bugis or Ambon, we are Indonesian. Indonesians May End Up Sleeping in the Street if no change is made to the present corrupt and very selfish system.

Please be honest and tell me what's in your heart because we really love our country.


Written by Edhoy based on interview with Ipin & Upin

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