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Analysis: What kind of nation do Indonesians want?

  • Debnath Guharoy

    Roy Morgan

  /   Tue, May 1 2012   /  10:13 am

The economic progress being made in Indonesia today is the envy of most nations. Slowly but steadily, this country is continuing its march forward. That march is slow only in comparison to a China or an India, but steadier than both in its rate of growth. The leadership of China’s 1-party system recognise the social challenges economic progress brings. They are making efforts to address them, within the overarching principles of their communist beliefs. In India, the world’s largest democracy, the challenges are understood by the motley crew at the helm. But the conflict of ideologies renders the coalition powerless to lead the country with necessary and meaningful reform. Private enterprise continues to flourish, as it always does, regardless of the political mayhem.

With two years to go before the next round of elections, Indonesians face a cross-roads yet again. The transit...