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Indonesia, the rising economic power

 
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2014 8:31 am    Post subject: Indonesia, the rising economic power Reply with quote

President Jokowi
I always find him a lighter version of Obama. Don’t you people think he looks like Obama? Now we have two presidents with Indonesian connections.
The election of Jokowi as the new President of Indonesia is the continuation of a winning streak for the country since Gus Dur. Indonesia has enjoyed the blessing of the last few presidents who were more progressive, economy driven and honourable. Yudhoyono has done very well to keep the Indonesia polity and economy on an even keel and growing in peace and stability. This election would be very different without Yudhoyono’s calming and firm hands to ensure that no dirty business was allowed to spoil the party. This is Yudhoyono’s greatest legacy in an election that started with a big dark cloud hanger in the air. Many bad and ugly things could happen and Jokowi would be in no position to do anything but to face defeat.
As I said earlier, when a country is blessed to do well, good men and women would step forward to lead the country. If Jokowi had lost, Indonesia would be in for a tough time, and so would be the stability of the region. Indonesia could see any term of progressive govt and policies instead of politicking and frauds.
Look at China and the USA. China too is blessed with a continuous string of good men and women at the helm and is growing richer by the days. China would be in deep shit if Bo Xi Lai and his gang would to be in charge today instead of Xi Jinping. On the other hand the USA is blessed with some clowns in the Presidency and teams of evil men and women till today. And the USA is going down, unstoppable. And looks like it is going to get worse with Hillary Clinton flirting to be the next President and the Americans love her. The USA deserves Hillary to bring an end to Pax Americana. That is the fate of the Americans.
When countries are to do well, good men and women would appear. On the contrary, when a country is on the decline, average men and women and rascals will take over the rein to hasten the fall.
Indonesia is lucky to have President Jokowi and a new team in charge, a clean slate not tarnish or implicated by historical baggages.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bambang Yudhoyono - The humble President and great man
‘Please forgive me if in the 10 years of my leading this beloved country, I have said/done anything that hasn’t pleased you, the people of Indonesia. In truth, with all our flaws, we wanted to do the best for the people and the country. With love.’ SBY
This is the final Twitter message by Bambang Yudhoyono to his 5 million twitter followers. The message speaks for itself, a selfless man full of humility, and a perfect gentleman politician. He did not say a word about his achievements or what he has done for the people and his country. But what he has done is for the people to see and judge him. No amount of gloating could make any difference as the people are able to see for themselves.
And prior to his departure, he ensured that the incoming President would take over the baton with the full dignity and grace that a President should deserve. And he took the task upon himself to make all the final arrangement for Joko Widodo to assume his post as the 7th President of Indonesia in style.
Yudhoyono is a President that would be honoured by the Indonesian people, more so after he has left his office so magnanimously. He left his office in high notes and ensured that his successor will take over without a hitch despite all the challenges placed in the latter’s path.
A great man knows when to depart and be loved by his people forever.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2015 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A new and economically ascendant Southeast Asia

It is heartening to read about the uneasiness of the Malay Malaysian elite and their urgent call to restructure Malaysia for the future instead of being stuck in the past of racial and religious politics. There is a sense of frustration and despair among this Malay elite who wanted to do so much, who knew that Malaysia cannot remained stagnant in economic growth and wasting time and resources in unproductive hackling on religious and racial issues drummed up by the respective leaders. There is a time and place for religion. Leave them to the religious leaders and leave them in their place in the mosques and not to be bucking around with matters of the state. And political leaders must rise above the insidious past of race politics, to think secular and think development. Malaysia can do better given the right leadership, and UMNO and its present batch of leaders are not the one to lead Malaysia forward.

While Malaysia is still bogged down with trying to be more religious and more racist, and a shrinking economic pie, the Indonesians have embarked on a new journey of change. Ever since the Presidency of Abdurrahman Wahid or Gus Dur, race politics have been taken out of the equation, or at least kept in the cupboard, hopefully not to reappear. Megawati continued to play down on racial politics and allowed the Indonesians with Chinese ancestry to participate more actively in the economy. Yudhoyono did the same and the Chinese Indonesians expanded their participation in the main stream of Indonesian polity, in business and in politics, culminating in the unprecedented election of Joko Widodo as the new President and Ahok as the governor of Jakarta, both with ethnic Chinese origin.

The path to accept the Chinese Indonesians into the main stream of Indonesian life without discrimination is putting Indonesia on a clean slate to take full advantage of the industries of the Chinese Indonesians to grow its economic pie. Without the legacy of the Suharto regime in its way, Indonesia can embark on any economic model, tap on all the resources of its able citizenry to grow the economic pie. Allowing the Chinese Indonesians an unrestricted role is like starting another engine of growth in a capitalist modelled economy.

Indonesia is now free from its historical baggage of racial politics and political bickering to move forward confidently, to embrace all the positive elements of a secular state, to raise the standard of living of its people, through industrialisation and scientific modernisation. Without harping on the fear of a Chinese minority playing a bigger role than its population, the country could benefit greatly without compromising on the economic well being of its population at large. Indonesia is set to be the next economic powerhouse of Southeast Asia and could leapfrog the rest to stake its rightful claim as the biggest economy and biggest regional power in the region.

Malaysia could do likewise by tapping on the industries of the minority groups to grow at a faster pace. But the shackles of racial and religious politics are not easy to remove especially with the ultras in charge in UMNO. They have no new ideas on how to grow the economic pie other than to constrain the growth of the minority groups in the economy and enterprises just to prove that they are in charge. While Indonesia is tapping on a new growth engine in its ethnic minority, Malaysia under UMNO is preventing this engine of growth from being ignited to grow the economic pie.

What is UMNO afraid of? The dynamic non bumi minorities generating more economic output that put them to same or they could not manage to do likewise? With full control of political and military power, the Malay rights and interests would never be challenged and UMNO would be in a better position to distribute the new wealth generated by the non bumi minorities. Is that bad? Why is UMNO seeking to tie chains and shackles to prevent the non bumi minorities from doing what they could do best for the economy to benefit the country and people? With the non bumi minorities being curtailed in their economic endeavours, Malaysia is as good as firing on two cylinders.

The UMNO leadership is more interested in protecting its power than in the general well being of its populace. Would the new Malay elite be able to strip the UMNO leaders from its pole position in govt and lead Malaysia into a new path of economic growth, prosperity and secularism? Or would it remain locked and restrained by its past unenlightened policies while watching Indonesia run away uncontested and unchallenged to be the richest country in Southeast Asia? Malaysia has squandered away its lead in the economic fields and unlikely to move forward. It is wasting all its potential to be a much richer and prosperous nation, but instead to become a more religious and racist country with one foot in the mud, dragging and compromising on its economic development.

The new Malay elite have a tough road ahead to replace the backward looking UMNO leadership.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jokowi got fixed by Japan
In his official trip to Asia’s two biggest economic power, Japan was his stop to be followed by China to end his trip. In his first day in Japan, the Japanese paper flashed his remark that China’s claim in the South China Sea based on the 9 dashes has no legal basis in international law. This put him in an awkward situation when he next visit China to meet its leaders. Jokowi is now seen as taking the side of Japan and opposing China’s claim.
Jokowi has come to clarify his position today, claiming that Indonesia is a neutral party and would not take sides. His comment was only referring to the 9 dashes but not China’s claim as a whole. China has been diplomatically quiet about his comment and not wanting to say things in view of his scheduled official visit. The issue would definitely be top of the agenda when he is in Beijing.
The purpose of Jokowi’s visits to the two countries is to seek more economic cooperation and participation of the two countries in Indonesia’s big economic plan. The funding and know how of the two countries are greatly sought after by Indonesia. Did Japan cornered him to make his anti China comment in return for Japanese investment in Indonesia? And how would this affect China’s position and how much would China put in eventually towards the infrastructure development of Indonesia would be telling.
Jokowi would have a tough time explaining his position that the Japanese have deliberately flashed in their media. He would still be warmly received in Beijing as Indonesia is still a very important partner to China in the region. There could or may not be any impact with respect to how much China would be willing to invest in Indonesia and if the assessment is a not too friendly Indonesia, there would definitely be a toning down on the final bundle.
How much would Jokowi get from Japan and China would be interesting to watch. Let’s hope Japan would not make another announcement that Indonesia has signed a defence pact with Japan. That would seal the fate with China and scuttle a lot of projects in the pipeline…and a wasted trip.
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PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2015 8:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indonesia executed 8 of 9 traffickers
It is never a good thing or right thing to say execution is good and necessary. Every bleeding heart apologists would cry father and cry mother when someone is in the death row pleading for mercy. What to do, why people end up in the death row for drug trafficking and then everyone, including presidents and prime ministers have to beg on their behalf and wanted to punch one another because the traffickers’ lives were not spared.
Now that the 8 had been executed, can the leaders of the world make a stand, to make sure that no one would be in the death row for drug trafficking? Can all the leaders make it known to all the potential drug traffickers that they must not be drug traffickers and that if they are caught, no one will be pleading for them. Would such a stand work, letting the traffickers know that they are on their own, that they know what they are doing with eyes wide open, and that they must stop what they are doing now or going to do next?
Can all the bleeding heart merciful souls go and plead to all the potential traffickers NOW, to tell them not to do it as they will meet with certain death? Would this be a better way, a preventive way, than to cry father and cry mother after the traffickers were caught? Then no prime ministers or presidents would have to do the silly thing, to plead like pathetic fathers and mothers for the lives of their miserable sons and daughters? This is the time to plead to the traffickers and their dear families, the ageing and dying mothers, the pathetic wives and children, not to do it instead of after they have done it and got caught.
Please, all the good hearted people and world leaders, please do your part to tell those drug traffickers to stop before it is too late. To stop now can or not?
Of course an easier way is to abolish death penalties and let the drug traffickers feel free to do what they want. Which is better?
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 20, 2015 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indonesia concerns about security issues with Singapore
‘A non government organization has filed criminal charges against State Owned Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno for authorising Indonesian communications provider Telkom to build a data centre in Singapore, which is partly owned by Singtel and would host Indonesian government data…it had no issues with the data centre serving corporate clients, but that its proposed hosting of Indonesia’s e-government services violated state intelligence and electronic communications laws. “What we’re reporting about is the sale of state secrets,” Mr Gigih Guntoro, director of the Indonesia Club…’
Why is Indonesia so concern about such practices? Singtel owns 60% of the joint venture? What Indonesia should do is to buy over Singtel and have full control over its operation. Singapore’s policy is that everything is for sale. Singapore tried to buy the Australian Stock Exchange too. So the Indonesians can always buy over Singtel and all issues of state secrets would be solved by employing Indonesians to run Singtel.
Singapore is an open country and it is in the process of internationalizing everything, starting from private corporations to govt link companies. Do not be surprise if ministries may also be internationalized. There are already foreigners working in them. The security of the country like manning entry checkpoints have already been outsourced and manned by foreigners to check on Singaporeans returning to their country. Big govt linked companies are run by foreigners, and to by pass the sensitivity of Singaporeans, foreigners are issued with pink ICs and called Singaporeans. Where got problem? If any of these new Singaporeans were to leak out state secrets, it would be Singaporeans leaking state secrets as they are now new Singaporeans. And the good part, so far no such problems. No state secrets has been leaked out, no sensitive corporate information or trade secrets have been leaked out. There has been no report of such things. Where got problem?
The Singaporean experience has proven that all the hype about national securities are humbugs. More than 50% of our population is foreigners and many are holding high positions with access to very sensitive information, and some running corporations and with full access to all information that could be copied and sold. But nothing of such happened. Even the highly sensitive IT industry is operated mainly by foreigners and you can imagine what damage they could do if they wanted to. But have no fear. The foreigners are very nice people and would not do such things. Ask the Pinoys. Have faith in the goodness of people, even foreigners.
So, Indonesia, there is no need to fear locating govt data centre in Singapore. If still not comfortable, buy over the whole of Singapore Inc and run it yourself. That would make them feel secure for sure. It is just the mindset. Singapore has no such fear. We welcome the whole world to be here. We belong to everyone here. We are an international cuntry. Oops. I misspelt. It should be country.
And our people feel very safe, because we got NS and Total Defence. We protect our country from a military attack by foreign soldiers in uniform. But anyone can buy up everything in the island. Everything is for sale. Everyone is welcome.
We are international. We go everywhere to buy up everything. We also sell everything. Free trade at its freest. When a country has the mentality of buying and selling freely, then one would be less sensitive about security of data and information or threats by foreigners.
Indonesia can learn a thing or two from us in this internalization of the country and free trade, borderless world. What is citizenship?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2016 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indonesia the strongest military power in Asia
It was reported that the Indonesian Navy had fired on Chinese fishing boats in the contested sea near the Natuna Islands. They went chasing after Chinese fishing boats, fired at them, hitting a fishing boat and injuring one Chinese fisherman. Chinese coastguards came in and rescued the fisherman and took him to Hainan for treatment.
This show of force only tells how powerful the Indonesian Navy has become and how forceful they are in protecting their territorial waters, even contested, and willing to show who is more powerful. The Chinese never fight back. Maybe they know that they are no match to the powerful Indonesian Navy.
Now that Indonesia has proven that it could fire at Chinese fishing boats, insuring Chinese fisherman and China dared not hit back, it would be a good example for other Asean countries to show China that they too are equally as powerful as Indonesia. Countries like Vietnam, the Philippines and Malaysia should now be more confident to send in more naval ships to shoot at Chinese fishing boats to show the Chinese they are mighty navies and would not be afraid to fire at Chinese ships.
How come China, the belligerent and aggressive expansionist new power so afraid to fire back? Who is the aggressor? How can an aggressive power be afraid to fire back when attacked? The only reason, the Indonesian Navy is so powerful that the Chinese Navy must be shivering in fear and so dare not fight back.
The success of the Indonesian attack on Chinese fishing boats has boosted the confidence of the Indonesians and they are going to send more military weapons and soldiers to the Natunas. 3 more frigates, a fighter jet, drones and radar and an army battalion and special forces from the Navy and Air Force would be deployed to defend the islands as if the islands are going to be attacked.
Now we can expect to see the Malaysians and Filipino navies chasing and shootng Chinese ships in the South China Sea with Indonesia taking the lead. China is going to be driven out of the South China Sea by the combined navies of Asean and Asean will be claiming all the islands and South China Sea for themselves. They would erase the nine dash lines drawn by China to claim the South China Sea.
Would these aggressive military actions send the US Navy back to the eastern Pacific Ocean or more American ships will be needed to maintain peace and freedom of navigation in the South China Sea?
The world shall welcome the rise of Asean, in particular the Indonesians as the new military world power followed by the Malaysians and the Filipinos for taking on the Chinese Navy and won.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another Little Brown Brother got insulted
It has to take a Duterte to wake up the Pinoys that no matter what, they are just Little Brown Brothers to the Americans, to be used to serve the Empire’s business, to fight proxy wars, to challenge the enemies of the Empire with the masters shouting from behind, providing arms and vocal support.
Indonesia just found out, my goodness, they haven’t woken up yet, that the literature and military doctrines of the Australians used them as enemies and were insulting their Pancasila, including their belief in God and inciting Indonesian Papua to be independent from Indonesia. Quoting an Agencies’ report ‘Indonesian military spokesman Major General Wuryanto said, “all forms of cooperation”, including military exercises and education and exchange programmes, have been suspended indefinitely.’
Who do the Indonesians believe were the ‘enemies’ in the Australian military exercise materials? China? The Australians rehearsing all their military exercises in anticipation of a Chinese attack on their territories? But it is not all in vain. Indonesia has started to question the increasing presence of American forces stationed in Australia, for what purposes, to prepare for an invasion of China?
Little Brown Brothers must always remember that they cannot morph into anything else, not into white brothers. The historical experience of the Australians meddling in Indonesian affairs, particularly in Timor, in Papua New Guinea, would not go away and would be repeated at the opportune moment.
This little deputy white sheriff is meddling too much in a region that it should not and is not behaving like a little sheriff, thinking that it is a big regional power. One day it would be overrun by Indonesia to put it in its rightful place.
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