Beware America

Dec 26th, 2006, in News, by

Indonesia should avoid being too close to the United States, say Zaenal Maarif and Amien Rais.

Zaenal Maarif, who is one of the chairmen of the Indonesian parliament and the leader of the Islamic party Partai Bintang Reformasi (PBR), Reform Star Party, says that the American economy is heading towards recession, and the dollar keeps weakening. As Indonesia's second biggest non oil and gas export destination, after Japan, America remained vital to Indonesian interests but the country should be aware of the sorry state of the US economy.

Zaenal Maarif
Zaenal Ma'arif.

He said, in a written submission to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY), that America was nearing a recession, its people were wasteful and debt-laden, and its government owed massive amounts of money to China, Japan, South Korea, and the wealthy middle eastern countries.

He advised that Indonesia follow the path of Malaysia and sell some its oil in Euros and Yen, and not rely solely on the sickly dollar. For non oil and gas products he urged that Indonesia find other markets apart from the US. detik

Meanwhile aging firebrand Amien Rais of the Partai Amanat Nasional, PAN, warned SBY that if he continued to have a close relationship with America he would pay a price at the ballot box during the 2009 presidential election. Being seen to be pro-American would only bring disaster for "my friend", the president, he said.

Amien Rais
Amien Rais.

He cited the examples of the leaderships of Nouri al-Maliki in Iraq, Fuad Siniora of Lebanon, and Hamid Kharzai of Afghanistan, all hopelessly unpopular because they were seen as pro-western, American lapdogs. These countries offered a good lesson for SBY, don't be too close to Bush, or with his allies, Tony Blair of the UK and John Howard of Australia. detik


63 Comments on “Beware America”

  1. avatar Voenza says:

    I find it very ridiculous, when Indonesia get a soft loan from, say, US or Japan, which Indonesia have to pay back after a certain agreed periods (with interest of course), but have to spend the loan on US or Japan products related to the loans/projects, pay for ridiculously high paid US or Japanese expats, (including all the houses with the nice swimming pools, driver, housemaids, allowances for wive and children, and vacation sometimes.).

    Indonesia (and maybe other third world countries) have to pay pack the debts and interest but forced to spend the loan as the rich country wants Indonesia to spend the loan.

    More loans means more debts, more interest, more ridiculously high paid expats of which their salary is part from the loan, and more expensive products and equipments must be bought from “donor” countries using the loan money.

  2. avatar Dimp says:

    Well is there a statistic on how much the Indonesian’s government spend on expat compared to how much money the Indonesian’s politicians swindle out of this money?

    The US and Japan do not force their money down Indonesia’s throat people, if Indonesia doesn’t want the loan just say so.

  3. avatar Dragonwall says:

    the American economy is heading towards recession, and the dollar keeps weakening. As Indonesia’s second biggest non oil and gas export destination, after Japan, America remained vital to Indonesian interests but the country should be aware of the sorry state of the US economy.

    Yes they are but what has that got to do with Indonesia. Indonesia should be more concern about their own affairs and not be afraid of this and afraid of that.
    The problem will arise when you start to worry about others and neglecting your own.
    The weaker the US dollar be the more it will benefit the Indonesian. But if the US wants to bring it back to normal they could might as well do it without any problem like the 1996 economic crisis. They might even try to come back and do it again catching those country off guard especially when the US is theying to move into Indonesia after Rusia.
    These 2 countries should be looked at as not a threat but to make use of their economic assistance by placing restrictions politically and religiously.

    As for economic developments they should be treated as equeal to others.

    He advised that Indonesia follow the path of Malaysia and sell some its oil in Euros and Yen, and not rely solely on the sickly dollar. For non oil and

    Indonesia should avoid following the footsteps of Malaysia. The Malaysian Ringgit is pegged to the USD so they don’t want to rely them of USD and needs a substitute.

    Indonesia should target their produce to the most aggressive currency hindering the development of Indonesia and not other currencies. Going for Euros and Yen will not in any way help the Rupiahs because these 2 currencies were also playing the opposite of USD. So what is the difference in switching to Euros and Yen? You will lose out more in the exchange rates and come back to square one. Wasting time and efforts.

    Eradicate terrorism. Squeeze the clerics and refrain them from making demands purportedly for the benefit of the people. Restrict their movements, those left, right, extremeist fanatics. We are not referring to restricting religion. Be more liberal towards other religion. Don’t frighten everyone of those investors by giving in to the demand of those clerics by adopting Sharia or making Indonesia into an Islamic state.

    If SBY can promise the world and make sure these were being adhered to then you will start to see those investors flowing back into the country taking advantage of the cheap labor and the weakening economy.
    Once the Indonesian economy has recover then make the necessary adjustments.
    When Indonesia level out her economy then infrastructure will start to go hand in hand with development.
    Because of the unfavorable conditon of Indonesia is offering, however beautiful you may want to draw a picture to attract people from coming in will not see and fruitful results. So having the infrastructure will be as though you are pumping money into an already weakening economy and seeing no return that could be deemed helpful to Indonesia. By the it will start to see the economic yo yo again all over in cricle.

    Amien Rais of the Partai Amanat Nasional, PAN, warned SBY that if he continued to have a close relationship with America he would pay a price at the ballot box during the 2009 presidential election. Being seen to be pro-American would only bring disaster for “my friend”, the president, he said.

    This biggest coward that I have seen calls himself and American graduate?
    Indonesia needs America to pull strings. The only thing is that Indonesia needs to be very careful in dealing wiht the US. They tend to make demands favorable to them. By threatening SBY or the Indonesian of the results in the ballot box will only spell disaster to the next election. When an Indonesian being influence into a wrong move by choosing the wrong President, then all the Indonesian will have to suffer the aftermath. I see things from a different angle. AR is trying to promote propaganda, being a muslim, that wants to see Indonesia goes back to stone age. After all he is not the one who lose. It is the Indonesian majority that will bear the brunt of such politician. Anything goes wrong, he leaves his post, and go somewhere else. To vy for the presidential position is every politician’s dream come true. MONEY1 THEY WILL LAUGH ALL THE WAY TO THE BANK. Can these politican be like those Chinese politicians? We can’t evaluate them if they have money before they become ministers or other business activities that they relinguish when assuming their position.
    After they assume official their action will speaks loud for them.

    Well is there a statistic on how much the Indonesian’s government spend on expat compared to how much money the Indonesian’s politicians swindle out of this money?

    The US and Japan do not force their money down Indonesia’s throat, if Indonesia doesn’t want the loan just say so.

    This is well spoken. It is the greed that these politican possess that they were so earger to have the loan siphoned into their own account.

    There was even once I heard that some politician saying not to repay the loan to IMF, WB, ADB etc.

    No one will force the money down Indonesia’s throat and for for the attitude of not repaying will make Indonesia be like an alien in a cultured world. Then what will happen.

    SO Indonesian should be more aware by evaluating comments made by Indonesian politicians before being coerced in accepting the comment and making decision.

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