Friday, July 10, 2009

Indonesia Post Election

Its two days after the presidential election. The official result is not declared yet, but all quick counts shows the same result: the incumbent won. What does this mean to Indonesia? First of all, I think its an indication that Indonesia is eager to part with its dark past. All candidates that has a relation with the authoritarian regime a decade ago are lost. The winner is generally perceived as clean and untainted with Soeharto's sins.

Secondly, this result means Indonesians wants to continue this path: to become a secular democracy, consistently eradicating corruption, and build stronger economy through sound, smart and carefull pro market finance policies. Indonesia wants to be open to the global world, assert its influence and retain itself as a succesful mixture of Islam and democracy, an example of how clash of civilization should not and will not ever occured.

Off course, there are many existing problems that need to be addressed. beaucracy reform that is still far from finished, lack of transparency, weak law enforcement, corrupt judiciary and legislative system, chaotic desentralization, and so on and so forth. But, people sees and feels a sense of direction, that we are in a right path, that it needs time to get to where we want to be. Lets see where we are in five years time.