Comment: It’s a wrap
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July 9, Online
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono walks to his seat after finishing a speech at the opening of the ASEAN-Latin Business Forum in Jakarta on Monday. Behind the president were Trade Minister Gita Wirjawan (second right), Coordinating Economic Minister Hatta Radjasa (partially obscured) and ASEAN Foundation chief Makarim Wibisono
Despite criticism of the performance of President Yuhoyono, he has been moving relentlessly to improve the performance of the Indonesian economy.
He has placed Indonesia among the ranks of other democratic countries, where the freedom to speak and assemble now face few obstacles.
I write this letter as one who notes that there are those from the New Order regime who are still among us, who cannot face the fact that new times have arrived.
Normally, it takes more than a decade before a nation becomes a mature democracy. Indonesia has done this easily. May it become better, much better soon.