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Jakarta Post

The week in review: The gods must be angry

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Sun, October 4 2009   /  11:58 am

Whenever a devastating disaster on the scale of Wednesday's massive earthquake in West Sumatra happens, people across the country wonder what the nation has done to deserve such a calamity. Priests and clerics tell us it is divine punishment and that God is trying to tell us something. Scientists tell us the quake was really the result of shifts in the Earth's tectonic plates. Whether you subscribe to the theological or secular explanation, the 7.6-magnitude quake that killed more than 1,100 people by Friday morning's official count came on the eve of a multibillion-rupiah inauguration ball for the newly elected members of the House of Representatives and the Regional Representative Council (DPD) in Jakarta, just a few hundred kilometers southeast from West Sumatra. Questions had been raised prior to the Oct. 1 inauguration about the propriety of such extravagance when the econ...