Village Field Trip

May 23rd, 2007, in News, by

President Yudhoyono visits a village and is not happy with what he sees.

The Jakarta Post says that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on 20th May suddenly descended on Karang Tengah village in Sentul, Bogor, to have an intimate look at the daily lives of villagers.

Yudhoyono

First he visited a petrol stall/kiosk owned by one Rohman Husein. Yudhoyono said he was bewildered that petrol was being sold in bottles and jerry cans and asked Rohman who on earth his customers were. Rohman apparently did not reply "you should get out more" but instead patiently explained that the petrol was for motorcycle taxis and public transportation vehicles belonging to local people, and he could sell the fuel for 300 rupiah more than the official price because:

The petrol station is far from here.

Yudhoyono then inspected one bottle of the petrol and said he was looking for illicit materials mixed with the fuel. He warned Rohman:

Don't mix the petrol.

Rohman promised that he did not mix his petrol with kerosene, which is a common practice at some stalls, so it is said.

At another stall, big spender Yudhoyono shelled out 500,000 rupiah on snacks and candies which First Lady Kristiani Herawati then handed out to a crowd of eager children.

Later, visiting state elementary school Karang Tengah I, Yudhoyono was surprised to see an old, dirty and tattered national flag hanging forlornly from a pole. He told the principal, Andreas Wasio, to replace it quick smart but Andreas said there was a good reason for leaving it there:

We deliberately put up an old flag so people will not steal it.

After milling about with simple folk such as this Yudhoyono met with some officials and advised that heads of local administrations should follow his example and spend time getting a first-hand look at how people are living out in the backwoods.


10 Comments on “Village Field Trip”

  1. avatar Bumikita says:

    I find it unbelievable that SBY is unaware that gas is sold in bottles. It’s one of the most ubiquitous characteristics of village life in the country.

  2. avatar Arema says:

    No source? Patung, don’t tell me you’re with SBY group visiting the village. 🙂

    Officials should “go out” more and reach the people. This is a good example. By doing that, people would not see them only on TV, talking about something not so relevant for them. Wakil Rakyat should live up to their title, and start fighting for people’s prosperity.

    Last time, babe Harto also conduct visits to villages often, and it’s broadcasted on TV. He had dialogue with them, see how people make a living in the area, and conduct a Q&A session to know their needs. Regardless of the motive(s), I find it a good thing to do.

  3. avatar Abul says:

    Last time, babe Harto also conduct visits to villages often, and it’s broadcasted on TV. He had dialogue with them, see how people make a living in the area, and conduct a Q&A session to know their needs. Regardless of the motive(s), I find it a good thing to do.

    After conducting the dialogue with wong cilik, he went straight away fishing in seribu isle on a yacht with cuban fine cigars tucked neatly between his lips, or maybe went straight on a golfing trip with the ever faithful beloved caddy wiranto, or maybe doing some hardcore bean-counting in cendana, “re-allocating some financial resources” to buy his brat rally-king-wannabe tommy some dillapidated korean car maker company. Nothing against ncang Harto, but he’s just doing those stuff for PR reasons, nothing more, nothing less. 😉

  4. avatar Ihaknt says:

    How long has he been the president? Not long right? Surely when he wasnt a president he knew that many people are not well-off. So how could he not see that that’s the reality for many people in Indonesia – poverty! How could he be surprised with the state of (many) schools he saw? Everyone knows education needs funding!! Guess the privilege life as a president can be easy to get used to, at least he is not hungry. On the positive side, it’s good that he did the trip, but I can’t help wonder how many entourage he had with him and if he went in a nice car/vehicle or doing it rough?

  5. avatar Putu Alberto Lee says:

    “Dahar Modol Ngaroko” also had his “safari ramadhan”.
    Was it a good thing?

  6. avatar ausdag says:

    Actually, I’m not surprised. I once had a difficult time convincing a friend who’d grown up in Jakarta that many people use those little kerosene stoves with the ring of wicks in their kitchens. She thought everybody must use modern gas stoves like her.

    Just because you grow up as a ‘commoner’ in a country doesn’t mean you take notice of the obvious – especially if your field of vision is limited to your own quest for increasing your gengsi status.

  7. avatar Sputjam says:

    Bogor is situated near jakarta and the situation is already hopeless. Open up the market and let foreign companies do the investing and building of infrastructure.

  8. avatar Odinius says:

    Next week: SBY takes a stroll around Blok M, shocked to find prostitutes and pickpockets.

    The week after: SBY takes a vacation to Poso, amazed to find some people hate each other there.

    What country does this guy live in?

  9. avatar Ihaknt says:

    Hey Odinius, take him for a mud bath in Lapindo Spa. Then to Aceh to see teenagers being flogged. Wow his frequent flyer must be through the roof.

  10. avatar Teng says:

    President Yudhoyono visits a village in Aceh and is not happy with what he sees.

    The Jakarta Post says that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on 28th May suddenly descended on Loksamahwe village in Aceh, to have an intimate look at the daily lives of villagers.

    First he visited a public flogging near the local mosque. Yudhoyono said he was bewildered that teenagers were being flogged for kissing. Achmed apparently did not reply “you should get out more” but instead patiently explained that kissing when not yet married was considered a sin.

    teenagers need moral lessons.

    Yudhoyono then inspected Achmed’s whip. He warned Rohman:

    Don’t whip until they bleed.

    Achmed promised that he wouldnt whip till they bleed, which is a common practice at some other villages, so it is said.

    At a local shop, big spender Yudhoyono shelled out 500,000 rupiah on jilbab and burqa which First Lady Kristiani Herawati then handed out to a crowd of unwilling Christians.

    Later, visiting state elementary school Lashkar Jihad I, Yudhoyono was surprised to see an Iranian flag hanging forlornly from a pole. He told the principal, Mehmet to replace it quick smart but Mehmet said there was a good reason for leaving it there:

    We deliberately put up an Iranian flag, because culturally we are closer to them than Indonesia.

    After milling about with simple folk such as this Yudhoyono met with some officials and advised that heads of local administrations should follow his example and spend time getting a first-hand look at how people are living out in the backwoods.

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