“Rage is the only quality which has kept me … writing columns for newspapers.”
– Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jimmy Breslin
All residents in Indonesia can offer examples of the hassles of overcoming red tape in this country, But was the “ten working days” mantra I focussed on in my last post brought into Indonesia by my fellow Brits? I ask because Jakartass is nothing if not balanced, and to demonstrate that my rage is not indiscriminate, do have a read of this post from five and a bit years ago.
Continuing in that vein, I thought of various titles for this section of my analysis of the unseen barrier between Them and Us. Some included the word ‘stupid’. I know that if I were to use it my readership would inevitably rise because what I wrote here seven and a half years ago regularly pops up in the top post list in the sidebar to the right.
One synonym for ‘stupid’ is ‘mindless’ and another ‘thoughtless’.
(n): the conscious experience and thought process
(vt): to tend, take care of s/t.
“Would you mind my seat while I get a coffee, please?”
“Sure, no problem.”
(vt): To object to s/t.
“Would you mind filling in this form?”
“Yes I would; you’ll have to do it for me.”
Simple Minds (n.pl)
“Because the world is full of fools … it doesn’t make them bad people.”
– Kevin Coyne
1. The floods in early February 2007 were by far the most serious experienced in Jakarta, but Governor Sutiyoso, who had been appointed by central government, was quick to say that the floods are a natural phenomenon.
His deputy, Fauzi Bowo, who was to be the first directly elected governor, offered the excuse that there was nothing that could have been done to prevent them because “floods happen everywhere in the world.“
2. Permadi, the mystical member of Parliament, then aged 66, engaged a little more with what is sometimes called the reality-based world.
“From a spiritual perspective,” he said, “there are two ways of looking at the flood. One of them is the bad karma of both national and local leaders.”
“The other is that it is now the rainy season.”
At the time, Indonesia was in the second lowest rank amongst Asia-Pacific countries in terms of average Internet connection speed. The then Minister of Communication and Information Tifatul Sembiring, popularly known as the Twittering Simplefool, tweeted this: “Fellow twitters, what would you use the internet for if its speed is faster?”
(Jakartass exclusive interview)
Indonesia Bermutu was a project part-funded by the World Bank which closed at the end of 2013. It aimed to reform education management and thus encourage universal teacher upgrading.
Education researcher from Indonesia Bermutu Eka Putri Handayani was reported to have said last December that the Ujian Nasional (National Exam) creates high psychological distress to students. As a result, the level of stress experienced by students increases.
Erm … yes, Eka … so?
Inoperable Laws which Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time’
Although Law No. 37/1999 on Foreign Relations mentions the right to apply for asylum, these provisions have not been properly implemented and remain inaccessible for asylum seekers coming to Indonesia who instead entirely rely on the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR
“That One-Stop-Shop in the HQ of the National Investment Board (BKPM) was lots of desks with a staff member at each from the relevant ministry which was expected to offer licences. In our case, it was umpteen stops, formal and informal meetings, and SMSs seeking confidential information The online form submission system was complicated, and any mistake was responded to with an email saying a mistake had been made … but without saying what it was.”
Consumer Protection Law 1999 (download)
April 26th 2016
Trade Minister Thomas Lembong said during the National Consumer Day that “the small number of consumer complaints is due to a lack of knowledge of existing consumer protections.”
In other words, he thinks there should be a lot more complaints.
March 22nd 2017
“Consumer education and protection must be put as our first priority,” President Jokowi said at the opening of a closed-door Cabinet meeting. He noted that while Indonesian consumers were now starting to understand their rights, they were still unable to fight for them.”
Presumably that’s “due to a lack of knowledge of existing consumer protections.”
Consumer Expectation Survey Reports are issued every month by Bank Indonesia, but they refer to consumer expenditure rather than consumer rights.
Don’t trust an app with a basic spelling mistake!
Civil Rights 4b (Mind Less) will examine how Bank Indonesia does not protect bank customers through the enforcing of its own regulations.