Sunday, November 15, 2009

More than just Corruption & Terror

Since I started posting actively on this blog, most of the posts' topics are about Corruption, Terrorism and other acts of crimes that took place in Indonesia.

As time goes by, I realize that it is absolutely unfair for me to write only about so many bad things that happened in a country that I love very dearly, because actually there are far more better things that has happened in Indonesia. Please find below some good facts about Indonesia :
First, it is the world's fourth most populated country, after China, India and the United States of America.
Second, it's the world's largest Muslim country, but unlike other countries like Iran and Iraq, most Indonesian Muslims are moderates who tolerate differences.
Third, it adopted five principles i.e. Pancasila, consisting of: Belief in God, Humanity, Unity; Democracy; and Justice.
Fourth, it is the world's third largest democratic country, after India and the U.S.A.
Fifth, it has an area of around 2 million square kilometers consisting of more than 17,000 islands with very beautiful natural scenery.
Sixth, it has an abundant of natural resources: oil, gas, gold, copper, alumina et cetera, et cetera.
Seventh, it has carried out several elections to elect President, Vice President, members of national and regional parliament quite peacefully, therefore totally different from the violent aftermath of elections in countries like Iran, Thailand, et cetera, et cetera,

Eight, it has successfully maintain security in most provinces, including Aceh where violence ended in 2005 (with the intermediary of Finland)

Based on the above mentioned facts, Indonesia has survived as one nation since its independence on 17 August 1945.

The free fight democracy that we have adopted on May 1998, has made everything transparent. As a result, all the evil things that were very tightly wrapped by censorship during the previous authoritarian rule, such as corruption, injustice, destruction of nature etc. have become very transparent.
But the most important thing is that Indonesia has been making serious efforts to eliminate those 'evil things'.



colson said...

Well, I can't but enthusiastically second your opinion: Indonesia is a great country! The country's assets are imposing indeed.*

A lot has been achieved since '45.
Yet it's still a long way till RI will use it's full potential. I may add that - in my opinion- a real civil society needs a critical public opinion and opinion leaders who don't "spare the rod and spoil the child".

So, as for me, you may stay positive as well as critical in you approach.

* One may doubt the advantage of a fast growing population though.

H. Nizam said...


Thank you for your continuous supports.
Yes, still a long way for Indonesia to use and develop our potential. And during the process supportive and positive critics by the public is important.

Over population growth has always be a problem for us, but we keep on trying to improve family planning methods.

Pakde Cholik said...

Yes, Indonesia is very big and beautiful country. terror is just a small thing.
Our goverment work very hard to bring Indonesia better than now.
I am very froud of my country.
So don't be hesitate to visit this bautiful country

H. Nizam said...

Pak De,

Thank you very much for following my blog and your kind comment.
I am sure that you have a lot to share with us.

Anonymous said...

Well said Harry. No country, no democracy, is ever perfect; the whole is evolving and growing always. European countries and their democracies are changing as much as everywhere else. What matters is the strength of character and the determination of the people to improve their lives and society and to see both clearly; Indonesians have that clarity of sight and admirable character.

H. Nizam said...


Ana's historical blog reminded me that Britain need around seven hundred years from Magna Charta, Habeas Corpus etc. to develop its democracy until it reached its present condition.
Whereas Indonesia has only been independent for 64 years and enjoy democracy only for the last eleven years. So, we have reason to be optimistic & positive for the future.
Like you said what matters is the character and the determination of our people to improve their lives & society and to see both clearly.

yeri frizard said...

nice post!!!
God Bless Indonesia all the way..

i've just become ur follower..
and thankyou for adding me to be your friend..
happy blogging..

H. Nizam said...


God bless Indonesia, my friend.

Thank you for following this blog. I'll follow you back. Let's keep in touch.

Kiwi Riverman's Blogesphere said...

From here in New Zealand I would say there have been great changes for the better in the last few years. Such a large population and potential.Good luck!

H. Nizam said...

Kiwi Riverman,

Thank God that we are getting better in spite of all the great changes and the troubles that comes along.