August 12th, on Lion Air flight to Jakarta from Singapore
First, Alhamdulillah, we got some good and professional government official. It has to be strengthened.
Second, there are around 31 million Indonesian live under USD 1.5 a day. All of parents in that 31 mio people always hope and dream that their children and edscents could live a better life. One key thing to achieve that, if not the one and only, is education. That’s why our main job is to provide a good quality but at the same time accessible to most of Indonesian. Several potential saving available is that through:
1) Making sure that government procurement, at leaat in ministrry of education, are as efficient as possible. There many cases, reports, and facts shown many leak in this procurement. Could we imagine if the corrupted money is used to build more school or library?
2) The ‘stay in luxurious hotel” tradition of government official has to be erased. If we can’t deliver this country’s promises to most of its citizen, that is to lift up their living standard, then why we (government official) live extravagantly?
One key thing that I always aspire in this country is that if only we have a good library. I’m so keen to see how Indonesia’s libraries are more crowded that shopping mall as it is today. Then, we’ve got to start to build an amazing library, put more books, provide internet access, etc. I believe, reading, or education in broad sense, is the key to get out from poverty.
Last point that I want to address quickly is how we need a more affordable and widely available higher education. We, of course, never intend to let our country become a resource based economy country, instead of knowledge based, that’s why, again, education should be a higher priority.