Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Movements and Prosperity

The essence of business is movements. Movements of people, goods, information, money. Even in this modern era where people can place orders of goods and services through Internet, by fax, email, or phone, there will still be movements of raw materials to factories or centers of production, finished products to distributors, to stores and to customers. There are movements of people to different places for different purposes that directly or indirectly generate businesses.

When movements are convenient, efficient, fast, reliable and secure, businesses will grow vertically as well as horizontally, and so does prosperity. If prosperity of the people is one of the ultimate goals of the nation, as written in the state ideology of Pancasila (the Five Principles), then movements of people, goods and information shall be one of the top priorities of the leaders in the government offices and in the parliament rooms.

Pancasila says (1) Belief in one God, (2) Just and civilized humanity, (3) The unity of Indonesia, (4) Democracy guided by wisdom through consultation and representation, (5) Social justice for the whole of Indonesia people.

The fifth principle gives guidance to government officials, lawmakers as well as the society in general to work towards the prosperity of all citizens. In reality, however, 62 years after the declaration of independence, 16.5% of the population still live below poverty line. Myriad factors contributed to the grim pictures, both from within and without. For now, let's just focus on movements factor.

Indonesia is full of exotic places to be visited, enjoyed and admired by both locals as well as foreigners. If we can influence more local people, and of course foreigners, to leave their homes on Saturdays, Sundays and during holidays to visit various places across the country, either by road, sea or air, the impact to the economic advancement will be enormous. The issue is how to craft the right message about the destiny and give positive experience to travellers once they are there.

In order to lure people to make more movements across the archipelago, central government shall find ways to expedite the construction of toll road to connect Banda Aceh at Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam Province to Bakauheni at Lampung Province, and toll road that connect Merak-Jakarta to Surabaya-Banyuwangi. Another toll road that needs to be built is the one that connect Makassar in South Sulawesi to Manado at the North.

Currently Jalan Raya Lintas Sumatera has connected Banda Aceh and Bakauheni with total length of 2,508.5 km. The conditions of the road, however, were not quite reliable, not that safe, and not too convenient. In Java there's Jalan Raya Pantura that currently connects Anyer-Jakarta-Semarang-Surabaya-Banyuwangi. Whilst there were significant improvements for the last 10 years or so, they are still unpredictable, sometimes unreliable, and inconvenient especially during rainy seasons.

Trans-Selatan Jawa (Trans-Southern Java) that connect Anyer-Banyuwangi through the southern route is still under land preparation. Even though they are not turnpikes, the new roads will still boost movements across cities in Java island. The road that will span 639 km in length including bridges will connect five provinces: Banten, West Java, Central Java, DI Yogyakarta and East Java.

It's crucial then for the provincial governments to create and maintain smooth connections between the toll roads or the national road to places of interests, sources of raw material and production centres in regencies and villages.

Red tapes and extortion on the roads shall be eliminated throughout the road chains. Movements of goods and people shall be fast, smooth and efficient. The government may need to increase significantly salaries and allowance of traffic police units and highway traffic agency units, and take stern actions for any corrupt practices. If we can fix the corrupt practice on the streets, we will be able to boost people morale and self-confidence.

Security and convenience are another important factors to be considered. Airport securities all over the country need to be improved and strengthened to give assurance to travelers on their safety. Public bus and railway stations have to be freed from thuggery and scalpers. Their safety standards also need to be upgraded. Stern actions need to be taken, consistently throughout the year.

Movements of people and goods from one place to another has to be encouraged, facilitated and incentivized. Movements will bring more business to less develop areas and likewise. More businesses will create more job opportunities that will eventually be able to alleviate poverty problems that haunted the country for so many years already.

Let's make a plan to visit places across the country that we have never been there before, and spend some of our savings wisely to help the local economy grow.

Readings: Wikipedia on Pancasila, Wikipedia on Jalan Lintas Sumatera


  1. Yaagh... i'm not very clever with this kind of discussion, Government, Pancasila (almost forget what it says)... WHERE IS MY PATRIOTISM SPIRIT? hmm... should i make a blog about Patriotism in Indonesia? YAHAHAHahaha... yeah right!

    When you said "Let's make a plan to visit places across the country that we have never been there before, and spend some of our savings wisely to help the local economy grow" Hooyah, let's do that...

  2. Speaking of going to local areas, we should visit the one that in Sulawesi, Kalimantan, Irian, Sumatra... too far?

    Well, don't tell me Java, Java again hehe :) OR Bali, UGH... yeah yeah that place is beautiful, got the best view (bikini & bule--weew!) we got more place to visit like suku dalam, dayak, asmat (nude & koteka--weew!)


  3. Ok i'm a bit crazy today (pssstt.. don't tell to anyone else), guess i better cut back sugar for today...

    NAH... I LIED...
    The reason why i left you 3 comments... so i can get into the TOP list in the top commenters widget HOHOHOHO (*evil laugh)...
    Amethys? Buh-byeeeeeee...


    Peace Amethys

    Chronicles of Trisna

  4. That is a fine piece of writing particularly about the negative aspect in relation to the title of the article.

    Pancasila! Noble words lacking noble deeds.

    If Indonesia selects just one, any one of the 5 principles of Pancasila and convert that into practice, that in itself would suffice to remove more than half of the nation's malaise.

    Five is just way too much to expect from those scumbags who can't fingers count on one hand.

    Business is purely supply and demand. Its been like that since time immemorial.

    Alas, in Indonesia, business is demand. Demand for sumbangan, demand for bribe, demand for gifts, demand for free this and free that. Who minds the supply?

    Yeah, I know, we can spend all day pissing and moaning but honestly when is enough ever enough for the common man sufferings in Indonesia?

  5. @Trisna: holllaaaaah, congrats ya nduk for being on the top spot :D, just wondering whether there'll be a challenger, certainly not from Wind Mill...:)

    Trust that your patriotism is still there nduk, it won't disappear, it's just awaiting to be called, or you may call it by yourself.

    As for the travel we may start from
    where we live now, as sometimes there are interesting places located quite close to home but we haven't even thought about paying a visit.

    @Wind Mill: I would not criticize Pancasila and complaint that it's way too much, it's not. The thing is that even holy books sometimes are not strong enough to make the necessary changes. It all depends on the people.

    I'm fine with supply-demand thing, but movements are more appropriate for me to illustrate my points. Business will not be good if people are lazy to leave their office or home to go restaurants, malls, playhouse, gallery, museum, exhibition, concert hall, because of traffic congestions or there's no guarantee of safety to get there.

    Don't you think that in Indonesia there are also a lot of supplies, even more than the demand? Supply of foreign debts and sophisticated goods that are not really needed but has to be swallowed by the poor people, supply of people who're not thankful of what they got from the country but they made a fuss about it instead, just to name a few...

    We can always see things from any angles we want, and there are elements of truth in each of them. As for me, I choose to stay tall, regardless how bitter the realities are.

  6. I would love to visit Indonesia one day ;)