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How high can you go … for a funeral?

  • Ika Krismantari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, June 25 2012   /  08:00 am

If the afterlife really exists, do people have to pay different amounts of money to enter the so-called next world?

Apparently the answer is yes in Indonesia, a country where the income gap between the rich and the poor continues to rise.

Data from the Central Statistics Agency on the distribution of income revealed that in 1999, the top 20 percent of income earners accounted for 40.57 percent of total household income. This figure went up significantly to 48.52 percent in 2011. Meanwhile, the middle 40 percent of income earners showed the opposite, holding 37.77 percent of total family income in 1999, and lowering to 34.73 percent last year. The same trend has also been shown with the poor, which accounted for 40 percent of Indonesia’s economy. Their contribution to total household income went down from 21.66 percent in 1999 to 16.85 percent in 2011.

Such statisti...