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Indonesia’s Still Far Behind Its Own Neighbouring Country..

27 Jan

Singapore is just next door but we're so different

Yesterday, I returned from Singapore. Every time I visit Singapore, I always think to myself, when will Indonesia be like this? Singapore is such an advanced, clean, and organised country. Sometimes I get confused, what system do they use? Their public transport is so cheap but the service is excellent, the transports are comfortable, the stations are clean, the signage are clear, and the public transport always come on time.

However, we can’t just compare Singapore to Indonesia like that. Singapore is such a small country with very lsmall population, while Indonesia is a massive country with an enormous population (with lots of races, tribes, languages, religions – all living in different islands!). That is why Indonesia is an extremely difficult country to manage.

Nevertheless, there are factors which affect Singapore’s success. The people there are so orderly and disciplined, and they obey the rules. There, public places are owned by everybody, they respect everyone in a public place, they value their buildings and infrastructures. There aren’t many littering and almost no vandalism. In Singapore, the law is very strict. Corruptors can receive a death sentence, or they can get their hand cut off. Malaysia and China adopts the same law. Even smoking in a public transport can really drain your pockets. They charge you A LOT of money for it.

Singapore, just like Indonesia, have a lot of people from different cultural backgrounds, races and religions, however they can live with one another peacefully. There is no ‘my religion is right, your religion is wrong’ dramas, even if there is any, it’s only a minor thing where nobody gets hurt.

For Indonesia, maybe we should start fixing the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport first. Many of the foreign tourists have complained that the signage in the airport is unclear, incomplete and confusing, and I’m sure many of us Indonesians agree that the local airline services and the airport services are not up to the maximum standards (I’ve been in a situation where I was going to Solo, scheduled to leave at 7 PM, but we left at 00.30 AM!).

After going home from Singapore, we were stuck in traffic for hours on our way home. After going home from an orderly country, to Indonesia, I could really feel the difference. If only the people in Indonesia can be encouraged to be more disciplined, to respect each other more, to work hard, this country could be very different.

Yet, we have our own cultures in Indonesia. Yes, the cultures that many of our young people choose to leave behind because it’s just not cool or just not in style. Culture is our last pillar that we need to keep standing strong to support our country. Indonesia is also rich with natural resources. Don’t use it excessively, don’t take it for granted, so that our children and grandchildren can enjoy the beauty and the richness of this country. Don’t think too negatively, there are so many other things we can be proud of about this country. Let’s hope that our leaders can bring Indonesia to a better future.



Crime Happens Every 9 Minutes 56 Seconds in Jabodetabek

18 Jan

Watch out for thieves!

The crime rate in Indonesia has increased drastically, especially in its capital city of Jakarta. Did you know, that crime happens every 9 minutes and 56 seconds in Jakarta? 248 out of 100,000 people are victims. Criminal cases found in Jakarta include murder, motor vehicle theft, gambling, pick-pockets, kidnapping, rape and stabbings.

Due to the overwhelming number of criminal cases, only 55,3% of the cases are able to be solved. There are 31,153 police officers, so each police handles 711 people. In 2010 itself, there were 55,006 criminal cases in Jabodetabek (Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, Bekasi), estimated 150 cases per day.

This crime wave is caused by the large number of poverty and unemployment. Poverty rates decreased by 3,4% since the year before, yet unemployment increased by 2,4%. Poverty and unemployment can be connected to the education crisis, the economic crisis and the big corruption problem. These are highly complicated and difficult problems, a young person like me who has little experience still can’t give you any good input or ideas. However, it might be a good idea to have police officers undercover, dressed in normal clothing, patrolling in public transports (many criminal acts are found in public transports), or other places where crime can usually be found. Just an idea.. maybe it could help…

The increase in the crime rate disturbs the peacefulness of people’s lives. Everywhere you go, you are at risk and feel less comfortable. For those who often spend a lot of time outside in a public place, or in places where crimes are prevelent, be extra careful. Always carry a bag that you can close, carry it carefully, put your mobile phone in silent mode, and if you can.. bring a friend. Sometimes you can get your wallet stolen and you won’t even feel it, because the thief has learned advanced stealing techniques. I don’t mean to scare everyone, but it’s better to be wary and on guard wherever we go.