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The New SRI Party

Agree or disagree, the registration of a new political party with the name of “Union of Independent People” (Serikat Rakyat Independen) or SRI party, is a normal process in democracy. But why use a somewhat familiar name? Oh, right, they want to nominate former finance minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati (SMI) as president at the upcoming 2014 election. No official statement has been made from Sri Mulyani herself, but according to some, “when we’re talking about politics, not giving a comment means you have agreed.”

I thought SMI have had enough with our government, and wished to stay far away from politics. But perhaps she needs a more challenging role than just being the managing director of World Bank.

Is she a good candidate? Most people think so. But beyond SMI’s positive image and sympathetic figure, we need to learn from previous elections as well. Especially back in 2004, when we were introduced to a newly-established Democratic Party, who –at that moment– seemed to have captured the hearts of Indonesian voters.

Back then, I (and the rest of Indonesian voters) thought that SBY is going to bring this country out of its misery. But look at him now, look at the politicians of Democratic Party, and look at the present condition of our country under his leadership.

Obviously, being a-hundred-percent certain to vote for someone with a positive image, is NOT enough. We need to go beyond “who is this person running for President” and further investigate “who are the people behind this person.” Who is /are the people giving away their money to keep this party running, and what are their qualities? Because no matter how eligible a candidate is, their credibility and decision-making capacity will always be affected by other people in his/her supporting party.

I can only hope that SMI will not be supported by a bunch of politician and businessmen who have the tendency to disregard both ethical and legal considerations in order to seal a corrupted deal. The last thing we need right now is another party trying to steal the hearts of Indonesian voters with SMI as their weapon. If these people in SRI Party are serious, they need to start telling us who they really are. It’s gonna take more than just a figure like SMI to make us confident and vote, because thanks to the present ruling party, we have learned our lesson well.

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A Rise Against Ignorance

Now that Abubakar Ba’asyir was sentenced to 15 years in jail, will the act of terrorism and bombings no longer exists in Indonesia? According to some experts, considering the nature of the ‘jihadi virus‘ which is resilient and mutates, we will still see more of attacks, because the virus is passed from friends to friends, families to families. Worse, using religious doctrines and taking advantages of the low-educated society, this virus has found a suitable place to grow.

When it comes to God, religion, and faith, somehow our people are easily indoctrinated without further questioning, because they fear the doubts will make them sinful, for have been disbelieving God’s rules. It is sinful to be critical.

But if the ‘jihadi virus’ can be passed easily, why can’t the virus of ‘peace, tolerance, and respect‘ also spreads to our society, dominating their beliefs and take over the violent ones?

Why did my 6 year-old nephew once asks, “Auntie, the woman hosting this TV show is a Christian. She shouldn’t be allowed to live in Indonesia.” I delivered this question to his parents and they easily replied, “He went to this Islam kindergarten, and perhaps his teacher taught him about other religion. It’s not a big deal.”

Not a big deal?

Living in big cities cause depression for some people. Hatred is something that can easily be injected to young generations, who are having peer pressures and struggling with their own identity. And in small villages, without access to adequate information, the condition is worse. No one dare to have any questions about their faith, no one have the courage to be critical, and this fear is transferred from parents to their children, grandchildren, and so on. Some of them even have the motto of “In Islam boarding schools we trust,” or “In mystical practitioner (a.k.a Dukun) we trust!

So basically I agree with the plan to NOT only fight against terrorism, but also to prevent the virus from spreading to our young generations at the first place. And when we speak about the young people, we are talking about low-educated parents who are already ‘infected‘ by an even dangerous virus of ignorance.

We still have a complicated homework to finish.

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Day Dreaming About Indonesia’s 2014 Presidential Candidate

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Few years from now, we’re going to see our streets being crowded again due to plenty of political party campaigning their candidate as Indonesia’s next President. All these efforts will obviously need money, and it is part of the reason why political parties usually have rich businessmen behind their back.

Looking back to our last election on 2009, each presidential candidates must be nominated by a party or a coalition that won at least 25% of the popular vote, or 20% of seats in the People’s Representative Council. And according to my naive point of view, this is the root of all the problems happening to our government today.

A president is supposed to be serving the people of Indonesia, but in reality, he’s running this country with his own principle: “It is okay to betray the trust of Indonesian people, but it is very sinful to betray the party and everyone else who have supported him during the campaign.”

The same thing applies to the member of the Representative Council (MPR/DPR). We know a lot of great, eligible names in the MPR/DPR who were –during their campaign– have sworn to prioritize the benefits of the society, but once they succeed, their values suddenly change. To stay in the position, they must follow any rules (good or bad) made by the party. Whenever there’s a deviation or violation done by other members, they will pretend to be blind, keep their mouth shut, and ignore their conscience, otherwise they will be forced to resign or alienated.

So I don’t really care about who will be the next president of Indonesia. If the mechanism remains the same, and if worse, the organization behind each candidates are those same-old parties which was financially supported by the dishonest and problematic businessmen, the welfare of our nation will (still, and always) never be prioritized.

We need someone rich and inspiring enough with a great deal of concern for our nation, to create a new party, free from any businessmen interference, and can loudly say “Go to hell with the principle of betrayal..!!” to create a better Indonesia.

Any volunteer?

🙂

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A Normal Life: Me Mocking The Government of Indonesia

Being a blogger has taught me to be honest in everything I wrote. And right now I’m going tell you the truth: we can no longer rely on the government to give us a normal life. We don’t have access to normal education, normal health institution, normal television programs with normal people in it. Our education system sucks, our TV stations are delivering unimportant news, and more people are talking about Malinda Dee’s huge boobs instead of paying attention to what we can learn from the case, and avoid being a victim in the future.

The rest of my story is not important, because I’m going to share things that I hate which I have written over and over again for several times. You are excused to leave, but I’ll love you if you stay with me and laugh together.

Let’s face it. How can we create a smart generation without a proper education system? But talking about the flaws of our education system is overrated. It’s not going to change anything. For us who live in big cities and raised by parents who cared enough about our education and have the money for it, getting into college was not that hard, right? All we have to do is be present in every class and if we’re lucky, after 4 years we can get our Bachelor Degree. If we’re not so lucky, maybe it will take us 8 years. Will it guarantee us to get a decent job with a good salary? Of course NOT. Who are you kidding here?!

For the less-fortunate who can only finish high school, they can always work and hope for life to be kind on them. Some can pursue their dream to be the next Teuku Wisnu, acting side-by-side with Shireen Sungkar or Nikita Willy. Because no matter how destructive it may seems, there’s no way that sinetrons are ever (I repeat, e-ver!) going to vanish from our beloved television screen. Don’t worry if you have a “mediocre look” because our entertainment industry no longer gives a damn, as long as you can upload your video on YouTube dancing like Briptu Norman. Girls, you don’t have to be pretty, because when you’re playing as a pocong nobody can see your real face. You only have to master the act of jumping and ngesot-ing, or washing your hair like the latest version of pocong movies.

Where the hell is Mr Tifatul Sembiring and all his powerful disciples on the Menkominfo department when we need him?!

So you see where this is going? It doesn’t matter what the government do, or in general, it doesn’t matter what other people are doing, because the situation is not going to change anytime soon. We are not going to have an education system like the one in Finland who pays high respect to teachers and their careers, because here in Indonesia, teachers are struggling with their own debts and no money to pay it. Why are they receiving low salaries? We all know the reason, it’s because the people on the house of representatives can not work before their new building is ready. Please understand, they receive salary not less than 10 million rupiah/month, they are equipped with fancy cars, the last thing they need is an awful office in the form of a green bug! And we’re asking for a special budget for education?

Education budget? What education budget? We already give BOS to every public schools! You know, BOS is the funds that being corrupted by the principals and province government!?

Now look at me making fun of our nation’s tragedy. Criticizing and not providing any solution. Well, what can a solution do if nobody is supporting it? I’m just kidding, I’ll talk about some solutions in other time. Sorry, shame on me! But you know what, I forgive the government for failing and neglecting their promises. I forgive their messy priorities, their awkward rule on internet and BlackBerry censorship, and how they never settle the dispute between FPI and the-rest-of-Indonesian-people. Yes, I forgive them. I understand their burden in governing this diverse country, and it’s not their fault for have abandoned Bhinneka Tunggal Ika, UUD 1945 and Pancasila. I’m sure they didn’t do it on purpose. They have a lot on their minds, bomb threats are emerging, they can’t go to Bali for a vacation due to enormous garbage on the beach, our state intelligence body (BIN) didn’t find anything on Twitter, and Citibank is being a bad bad boy.

Please don’t take this seriously, people.. This is just me, complaining and making fun of my own misery.. Sorry for not providing any pics or links, I’m too lazy and you can search on Google yourself..

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