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Jakarta Post

Insight: Is this country beyond repair?

  • Bahtiar Effendy

Jakarta   /   Sat, January 22 2011   /  12:48 pm

A few years ago, Ahmad Syafii Maarif, the former chairman of Muhammadiyah, one of the two largest Islamic organizations in the country, said that the destruction of Indonesia is almost complete. The crux of his observation lay in the disheartening reality that the moral foundation of the nation’s strategic elites had diminished. In a period in which Indonesia was supposed to be heading in a better direction, to a decent and civilized way of governing, or to a brighter future, the social, economic, and political ills of the previous governments remain intact. Corruption is rampant. Politics is regarded not as a vocation or calling, but a tradable commodity. Public trust is perceived as an instrument to rule and not to govern. The list of these social, economic and political evils can be very long. A group of religious leaders were recently able to identify 18 of them!What is alarmi...