I love Indonesia; not just because I was born and bred in the country, but because it’s arguably the most fascinating place on the planet. It’s a young democracy, but perhaps the only true democracy in South East Asia; a makeshift nation; the most diverse community on earth squeezed in one place; chaotic; conservative; progressive; resilient; and much, much more.
I love its people and I can’t stand them at the same time. As the most diverse nation on earth we seem to be easily agitated with differences and try so hard to make everybody exactly the same. But then at times, we display compassion, empathy towards minorities, and progressiveness that would surprise even the most hardcore liberals.
We desperately need to learn to make better public policies and learn it fast. Our parliament members rely more on emotional sentiment and less on analysis and evidence when making policies. They’re understaffed and in need of capacity building.
This blog is some of my thoughts on Indonesia’s public policies and community. Ironically, I write better in English than in my primary language; a personal example of how much improvement Indonesia’s education desperately needs. But I’ll try to have this blog in dual language, time permits.