It kills me that I’m cutting my bloggy break Bali holiday by writing a post on politics, no less. However, this phone tapping debacle has me bursting at the seams with frustration.
For the love of decent, diplomatic relations, just apologize!!!
Stop appeasing voters and supporters, Abbott and take accountability for our government’s mistakes. That’s what we voted you in for, right?
And I don’t even think it’s simply a Coalition government issue. Time and countless times again, past governments (both Labour and Liberal) have had their share of political faux pas with its most strategic neighbour. Forever treating the relationship with such insensitivity and stupidity.
Don’t even get me started on the embarrassing “wires crossed” initial meeting that Julie Bishop recently had with Indonesian’s Foreign Minister, Natalegawa.
The mentality of Indonesia needs us more than we need them” needs to stop. Now.
Because a country with a population of over 240 million and predicted by the World Bank to be the 7th largest economy by 2030 is something to take seriously.
The streets of Jakarta are bustling with highways and no longer strewn with potholes. I didn’t see anyone drive a car less than 5 years old. Skyscraper apartment buildings show me that more people are entering the middle income bracket, affording decent homes and getting out of the slums by the open sewerage canals.
What was once a quiet cultural and artistic haven surrounded by rice terraces, Ubud in Bali is thriving with retail business and tourism. Having been there 12 years ago, I was gob-smacked by the changes. Ripcurl, Billabong and even Pandora are part of the endless line of foreign shops on the main drag of Monkey Forest Road, indicating that foreign investment (specifically from Australia) is in full force.
I almost gagged on my Balinces crispy roast duck when my friend at dinner told me Ubud land prices are sky-rocketing – doubling in value every 6 months.
Witnessing all the flourishing economic activity, I reckon the World Banks’s got it wrong.
It’s all going to happen for Indonesia before 2030. Waaaaay before.
So, let’s stop the bullshit and give Indonesia the respect it deserves.
Starting with a formal apology.