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Prabowo leaves human rights inquiries unanswered

  • Fitri Bintang Timur

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 9 2012   /  09:04 am

What makes certain countries great while others are not? In his recent public lecture in Singapore, former Indonesian Army strategic reserve command chief Prabowo Subianto argued that countries that are brave enough to face challenges are those which prevail.

Prabowo, founder of the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra), identified four obstacles that might cripple Indonesia’s future. First is the depletion of energy resources. Prabowo predicted that Indonesia’s crude oil would be exhausted in 12 years, gas in 34 years and coal in 79 years if the current consumption of fossil fuels remained unchanged.

The solution Prabowo offered was to explore geothermal, hydropower, solar and wind energy resources. He suggested that “in 30 to 50 years, Indonesia must develop nuclear power.” His idea of investing in nuclear energy is of some concern as despite the energy bein...