Problems & Solutions

Jun 10th, 2010, in News, Opinion, by

How to solve Indonesia's massive problems, corruption, sharia laws, and the rest.


Resolving Indonesia's Massive Problem

Before Soeharto's downfall and the post Soeharto era, Indonesia has been bogged by problems that until so far no businessmen, politicians, and academics have been able to come up with an absolute answer to.

It just seemed to be like passing on the baton, the result is each time the baton is passed the baton gets heavier and heavier.

Worst still is that the political elites pick and choose the position they want in order to get the max out of their post.

Over the years, there has been talk about what is bothering Indonesia's political scenario, many made fun of them (at time I as among one of them too) but no action whatsoever was taken to ease the tensions caused by clergy, layman and political scavengers.

So what should be done to enable Indonesia in the forthcoming election to enable voters to gauge who can do a better job.

The problems that have been bugging Indonesia's economic deficit were:

  1. How Indonesia should deal with corrupt officials in the Cabinet, in Parliament and in Government office?
  2. What punishment must they get? Should there be a precedent?
  3. Should Indonesian Law face a total revision eliminating leftovers from her predecessors?
  4. What must the Indonesian Government do to have Sharia Law removed from the current statutes?
  5. What must be done for officials failing to implement and abide by a Presidential Decree?
  6. There is the blasphemy law passed in 1965? Who does that apply to? Why is that made into law? Must that be revoked?
  7. What percentage of allocation is to be fixed for State Budget? What must they do with that? What to do with leftovers?

If Indonesia is serious about these problems and working a way to have it resolved (I suppose with relative ease), then the majority of her problems could be resolved, thus being capable to overcome and apprehend any obstacles meant to undermine her economy.

Indonesia cannot continue going on with all these burden of problems pass on from one President to another. The earlier indoctrinated criteria in selecting a President is that the person should be a Javanese. These should no longer exist in this electronic era.

There are people who are smart but dare not place themselves to serve the country, and there are also people who wit themselves to service the country with purpose and intent to benefit themselves as most do.

Why the ABRI was stripped of their Dwifungsi status is perhaps a way of stripping the President of his power as Supreme Commander. ABRI claims that they stand on neutral ground but, insofar they are always the main cause of trouble for Indonesia be it political or commercial.


48 Comments on “Problems & Solutions”

  1. avatar Hans says:

    So you want the better part of everything? Like getting benefits from this country and not doing business with this country!

    No, not so. I have been involved in helping Swedish companies to import the stuff from Indonesia, Indonesia is in practice very difficult, normal international practices rarely exist as free on board: that is actually a very good thing is usually impossible to obtain, it is a fact that tradesmen who do not have people in Indonesia so you never know how, when or what happens, suddenly shipper must have 6000 USD in cash, and then you have already paid 30% of the order, or truck has a flat tire and need extra money. Vietnam, they have gone in there to work in the entire process is beyond reproach, from order to shipment leaves the port, as it is with China. then normally you pay the last 70% after the vessel left port. so what I mean by Idiot is more clear now.

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  2. avatar Hans says:

    Honestly speaking, after browsing through various blogs at IM I find that most bloggers are less interested when coming to serious topics.

    One tends to be more engross on subject that requires less innovation and creation. Well I guess that is human attitude, who cares.

    I have language problems, my English is not good enough, so I do not always understand all the details. you are quite right that when we write long and detailed we lose the reader’s interest and understanding

  3. avatar Hans says:

    I do not agree with you on infrastructure. if an investor wants to build a factory in Blitar, 50 pieces of 24-meter trucks need to travel back and forth to the port of Surabaya 6 days a week, and we have stocks on the move, then it is a necessity that everything works and it does not days.

    then something that really bothers me is that so many die in Indonesia due to poor indoor environment. as the neighbor’s toilet water leaking in through the walls is not good, I do have this problem myself when it rains a lot.

    Agree that the massive information and understanding is necessary, people must have dreams of a better future, and that what is! not only can be called normal as it normaly almost all commonly referred to today. that it is this generation who must build a better future.

    Free schools? I mean that it must invest more in them government schools and that they will be free of charge and specific religion, then religious freeschools must of course still have to exist, perhaps not as today.

  4. avatar Dragonwall says:

    I just spent almost an hour in replying to your topic on shipping fraud and it did not appear, did not know what was the reason. I guess I will do it in my words and copy and paste to it.

    I find that people are interested in topics that are hilarious or those that comprise of sarcarsm.

    This is when Indonesians don’t learn or choose to ignore what had happened. But when it happens again they continue the same ranting. In the meantime they are busy with other blogs.

    I am unsure about things here but when I wrote an email to President Obama suddenly I see certian reaction and I regret that because it burnt a hole in my pocket.

    So you need to know if it has to be implemented then it will also involve each and every one Indonesians. It will burn a hole in their pocket but for the better of the future or they prefer to ignore and continue ranting.

  5. avatar Dragonwall says:

    I will return with the misconception in you.

  6. avatar Dragonwall says:

    No, not so. I have been involved in helping Swedish companies to import the stuff from Indonesia, Indonesia is in practice very difficult, normal international practices rarely exist as free on board: that is actually a very good thing is usually impossible to obtain, it is a fact that tradesmen who do not have people in Indonesia so you never know how, when or what happens, suddenly shipper must have 6000 USD in cash, and then you have already paid 30% of the order, or truck has a flat tire and need extra money. Vietnam, they have gone in there to work in the entire process is beyond reproach, from order to shipment leaves the port, as it is with China. then normally you pay the last 70% after the vessel left port. so what I mean by Idiot is more clear now.

    In Vietnam and China they had such practice when buyers send their people to check the products being packed, transported to seaport and receiving a shipping invoice. But usual is CIF perform on a ILC (Irrevocable Letter of Credit) or DLC (Deferred Letter of Credit) meaning a window frame is set.
    Cheats are everywhere including Indonesia Postal Services.
    You send a package that is not insured, when it arrives the postal service it will be opened and it’s content missing. If it is insured they will asked for bribe because they know the repercussion of a claim.
    Similar will happened to UPS or DHL. When there is something expensive they will be retained by C&E and a price is set for the release. If you don’t pay they will not release the items.
    At the seaport around the country, under the control of C&E, the Head of C&E makes the demand. He works with his cronies who set a price for each container to be, so called taxed. 100 million per container with regardless of the cost of the item otherwise the items will be left to rot or confiscated. Business men were impose 100 mil on items cost 60 mil, when it reaches the buyer they will sell it for 260 mil when it reached distributors it will cost maybe 300 mil and when it reach GROSIR it may be 350 mil and by the time consumer bought it, it will be somewhere around 400 mil. This is one way that triggers a hyper inflation. And one funny thing about Indonesia is that when the price goes up it doesn’t come down. Fluctuation, supply and demand does not come in the picture.
    Supplier don’t make the demand, buyers do. If you requested it to be CIF then you won’t be cheated unless you choose to ignore your rights to exercise it and considered suckered into the deal.

    I do not agree with you on infrastructure.

    Why not? Infrastructure is like roads, etc etc and has nothing to do with your building.

    if an investor wants to build a factory in Blitar, 50 pieces of 24-meter trucks need to travel back and forth to the port of Surabaya 6 days a week, and we have stocks on the move, then it is a necessity that everything works and it does not days.

    I am sure there are road and facilities from Surabaya to Blitar, no mistake about that.

    then something that really bothers me is that so many die in Indonesia due to poor indoor environment. as the neighbor’s toilet water leaking in through the walls is not good, I do have this problem myself when it rains a lot.

    Then it is the building problem, the contractor’s problem. I have build building larger than a Walmart Supermarket and I didn’t have that problem! I have build restaurants in US I don’t have the problems!

    Agree that the massive information and understanding is necessary, people must have dreams of a better future, and that what is! not only can be called normal as it normaly almost all commonly referred to today. that it is this generation who must build a better future.
    Understand one must have a dream, in order to achieve a future. Like the Bird’s Nest in China. See how great the structure is? And look at the Shanghai World Expo?
    Free schools? I mean that it must invest more in them government schools and that they will be free of charge and specific religion, then religious freeschools must of course still have to exist, perhaps not as today.

    For a country like Indonesia the school should be free,all schools, but it is the problem with those teachers and principals, causing a lot of private school to exist and driving the cost of educations. Whatever religious school was built has nothing to do with other schools. The only problem are with the clergyman and clerics.

  7. avatar realest says:

    it’s all fine and dandy until the implementation part and it involves not only the bureaucracy but the indonesian culture itself. back in the 90s when my dad was shipping paper by land to surabaya, by our calculation, Rp 90.000(gas and food) would suffice for a one-way trip but the total cost would double because of bribes along the way. this wasn’t just bribes for the local bully but also for the village elders. They blamed trucks for the poor conditions of the asphalt and demanded ‘trespassing fee’ for reparation purposes. On the following months of delivery, all they did was fill the potholes with pebbles and sand. The authorities mostly ignored our complains(both the villagers’ behavior and the condition of the road), but when they actually do something about it(usually violently and wooo another satpolpp-like polemic), the villagers would be so pissed that finding an alternative route(or paying) would be a much safer choice. This is just one example of some things the authorities cannot solve.

  8. avatar Ross says:

    Brother Mouzone, you are quite right to say it’s a dodgy system, but the only way you can get it fixed is by draconian measures such as I suggest.
    It would have been tragic were no death penalty available for the Bali Bombers. We should encourage Indonesia to resist EU and Amnesty badgering on this issue.

  9. avatar ET says:

    Yeah, those Amnesty International guys are real scumbags…

    Not when they defend dissidents who became political prisoners for expressing their non-PC opinions.
    Yes when they try to protect convicted terrorists with loss of life on their conscience.

    Once more a movement that started from a legitimate concern about human rights has become home to a bunch of freaks devoid of common sense and with an agenda of their own.

  10. avatar Dragonwall says:

    You are referring to pollution, eco system, environmental pollution, global warming. These are entirely a different scope on what you were referring to people dying within their living environment within the building structure due to lack of hygenious facilities and is entirely different from the infra of Indonesia.

    The whole world is experiencing that and each country had their own proble like China, India, African coutnries everywhere.

    Indonesia is different, right now we are looking at Indonesia’s internal problem. Internal problem from within.

    There are organization using the Indonesian Government, there are people from religious faction capitalizing the freedom they get from the Indonesian Government, there are foreign countries putting pressure on Indonesia forcing Indonesian Government to accept their terms in order to be given something.

    Why can’t Indonesia correct by first realizing the mistakes after mistakes they have done in the past and start doing something.

    The Indonesian President can get University students to come up with an educational thesis. If the US and China can do it why can’t Indonesia.

    Law revise by the American are that they do test case, class action cases, landmark cases and revise the law in accordance.

    The Indonesian Government lack resources and human power and brains to do a total revamp. Get these students to organize think tank session and make it part of their educational program in political science, business administration, law, accounting, civil engineering as part of their test in grading and pick the best solution from all the thesis an make and understudy for implementation.

  11. avatar Dragonwall says:

    This will increase brain power and the resources and manpower needed to apprehend the surrent corrupt systems.

  12. avatar Dragonwall says:

    Like the taxation problem, what I have provide:

    1. A basic standard of taxation
    2. Go into more intimate detail of implementation
    3, Educate what the Indonesians will get then they will understand what they are in to.
    4. Work out the social security like insurance, health care, unemployment benefits, retirement benefit.
    5. Absord the Jamsostek
    6. Combine the tax department (income tax)

    The NPWP is similar to US Social Security and taxation. The Singapore government uses ID number for their CPF accounts.

    If the Indonesian Government is all set and determine to close the Generation Gap then they should understand making the population feel the Government is looking after their welfares then any other factor that tries to arouse their attention will be dismiss.

  13. avatar Dragonwall says:

    Of course to each their own like FPI, WB, and foreign organization who doesn’t want Indonesia to improve possess an agenda of their own.

    Someone wrote “Mungkinglah Terulang Lagi” referring the 1998 riot.

    Like I mentioned earlier, it all started with small civil commotion then suddenly rise to a full scale riot.

    Satpol Priok, demo FPI against Wali Kota Singkawang, and all but 7 were arrested? My WTF are these police personnel doing. Why not all the FPI.

    Indonesia needs to be careful during the recent clashes and demo, it doesn’t looks good at all. My gut feeling tells me that something is about to happened.

    While being neo liberal Ani knew everything but did nothing to say about powerful reactionary forces behind what had happened to the Indonesian economy and she herself was also involve in the BC scandal. She is now saying that vested interest within the business and political elite opposed to her uncompromising efforts t bring the economy under the rule of law effectively that ousted her earlier this month.

    She says the business community is not supportive of having the system co-opted for very personal and narrow interest. It is a battle now for Indonesia.

    She is pointing her fingers directly to this ABU who even has the cheek to deny any conflict of interest between his commercial and political activities as head of Golkar.

    She said her voluntary departure was that her position was tenable and a new minister might be able to offer vital reforms where she failed and that the use of money to mobilize public opinion made her less effective as reported by Jakarta Globe.

    The Supreme Court is now saying that probe could be made against Bakrie when Gayus was reporting saying the firms owned by this ABU had bribed him. Now this ABU still have assets in the region of 3 billion drop from 5.4 billion evading nearly 1.5 billion in tax.

    I really hope the ICW could work hard enough to bring this ABU or whoever involve, including Jusuf Kalah to justice and give Indonesians a sense of security.

    Meanwhile this Abu is busy doing whatever he can to camouflage himself to make himself immune to such prosecution.

  14. avatar diego says:

    Dragie, still having your “chinese vs. pribumi” wetdream?

  15. avatar Dragonwall says:

    My, My. You illiterate crap who is always stalking on my posting being an anti-Chinese provocative bum when you say others are up to the chinese-pribumi crap.

    Perhaps you have been wearing a skirt with your trousers off you appear nothing to me but a bencong speaking from your arse.

    Incidentally Singkawang was reported by Antara and Indonesia Media witness by Agni Malagina and Mungkinkah was written by Salahuddin Wahid the Wakil Ketua Komnas Ham 2002-2007 and is the pengasuh pesantren Tebuireng.

    Whenever you are ready I will be waiting for you and you can also make it personal.

  16. avatar Dragonwall says:

    Since bencong like you who are fond of raising the chinese-pribumi issues, I suppose you are one of those that is anti-chinese.

    Similar to what happened at Singkawang where the Tugu Naga was attacked by those (FPI=Fu..ing Prik Isl.m) on 28 May 2010 that coincide with Waisak.

    these were the words that was streaking through Singkawang as though the Chinese owes them a living.

    “Allahuakbar, Allahuakbar they shouted. Hancurkan Patung Naga, Jangan Mau Orang Melayu Dihina Kota Singkawang. Ini Bukan Punya Orang Cina!”

    I wonder when they shouted these words are they ashame of themselves. Most of the Fu..ing Prik Isl.m were Javanese and when they appear in Singkawang they claimed they are melayu, when they appear in Ambon they say they are ambonese so if they appear in Irian they say they are also Irian!

    Are they provocator, instigating unrest by promoting islam! I suppose they are doing the promoting and that give all other Muslims a bad name? But I suppose there are people who laughs all their way to the toilet.

    The Indonesian Governmet should ban all trouble makers including those with their pants off.

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