Friday, October 13, 2006

No Nobel Peace Prize for SBY

It's Muhammad Yunus, not president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who won the Nobel Peace Prize. As reported by AP, the Bangladeshi economist and his Grameen Bank won the Nobel for their pioneering use of tiny, seemingly insignificant loans — microcredit — to lift millions out of poverty.

Through Yunus's efforts and those of the bank he founded, poor people around the world, especially women, have been able to buy cows, a few chickens or the cell phone they desperately needed to get ahead. I initially thought Yunus deserved Nobel in economy. But fighting poverty through microcredit is considered an act to promote peace than an economic breakthrough. This is what some observers called major shift in the definition of peace.
I think SBY and many around the world praise Yunus's effort amid such criticism. It also a boost to Indonesia's effort to improve microcredit facility to the country's poor people.
The rationale could be like this. Peace in Aceh prevent more deaths from bloody war between Indonesian military & Free Aceh Movement (GAM). But history told us that lot more people died every day of famine & absolute poverty than wars. I'm not sure about the statistics in Indonesia. But I'm pretty sure of the rationale of poverty & peace, though most wars triggered by those who pursue for more wealths.
Finnish ex-President Martti Ahtisaari, who mediated a peace accord in Indonesia's Aceh province, and veteran peace broker Gareth Evans of Australia were among those tipped to win the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday.
Ethnic Uighur activist Rebiya Kadeer, who accuses Beijing of persecuting Uighur people in northwestern Xinjiang, and Indonesian President SBY were also among possible winners of what many see as the world's top accolade.
VP Jusuf Kalla expressed his prayers yesterday for SBY to win the prize. "None had nominated me," Kalla said lightly when asked his chance to win the Nobel considering his active role in Aceh peace deal.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Sudogiman Boing-Boing said...

Yes, but for micro-credit it should have been Bank Rakyat Indonesia ! Believe it or not, BRI, which is now 107 years old is better at micro-finance in many ways than Grameeen. The problem is 1) they don't have a charismatic figure who could win the Nobel prize and 2) they fucked up like everyone else by lending to the filty, jorok, nasty chronies in the 1990s.

October 14, 2006 11:50 AM  
Anonymous yaya said...

maybe SBY need to be more 'down to earth

October 15, 2006 7:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dont dream my friend....we are out of reach...
No one is looking Indonesia...hey wake up man....
Everyone is flickering to Vietnam rather than Indonesia,,,,
We are too busy internally....fighting for useless..so...good bye Indonesia,,,
BRI or BNI or others,,,we are left behind

October 15, 2006 5:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vietnam with more 'stable' political situation has been more attractive to the foreign investors. Yes, it's true that the regulations there still needs to be further developed however looks like this doesn't become a hindrance. Not like this country.

Pity this country,even we're lagging behind Malaysia and Thailand or the Phillipines,

God, please save this nation and its country!!

October 16, 2006 1:01 PM  

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