Wednesday, January 03, 2007

This is the perfect time, Mr President!

President SBY indirectly admitted his weaknesses when he stated that in 2007 onwards he would be more decisive & direct. Recent issues, the humiliating Haj catering chaotic and transportation accidents, might be the best tests of how SBY would implement his New Year resolutions.

It's difficult indeed. Imagine how officers at religious affairs ministry pointed their fingers to legislator KH Aziddin from SBY's Democrat Party who recommended the catering service. Imagine also how difficult to punish Mandala Airlines (previously controlled by army) or Adam Air (partly owned by House Speaker Agung Laksono).
OK, he might needs little bit time, awaiting the conclusion of respective investigations. The president could start with softer issues like the disbursement of land acquisition fund to accelerate the construction of trans-Java toll roads. The state budget had allocated Rp2 trillion for that purpose (to be reimbursed by toll road investors later on) and Tuesday (Jan 2nd) should be the first disbursement. None! Why? Because the ministry of finance and public works are yet to settle the mechanism. Mr President, call in these ministers and ask them to settle immediately. We have too many people unemployed and that's not good for your image (if you really cares about this)!
Another tough issue that needs tough decision is mudflow disaster caused by Lapindo Brantas Inc in Sidoarjo, East Java. We're confused of conflicting statements over the cost of handling the disaster or compensation to people's assets. You've signed a decree last September that gives Lapindo six months time to cover all the costs, which means until March. The problem, we have no idea of what will happen after March which is two months away. Should all of us bear the costs Lapindo failed to cover? What do you really mean with Rp3.8 trillion that Lapindo should bear? What if Lapindo said "sorry, we have no money, we're filing for bankruptcy protection."?
You've assigned energy minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro to lead the Lapindo Settlement team. But I never read of any decision made by the team. The team looks bussy, but I'm afraid nothing is actually being done.
Purnomo told us today that he can't move (to separate what's government share or Lapindo share of the burden) because you made no decision yet. Should you the one who make all the technical decisions?
We understand how deep your relationship with Mr Purnomo. But this is just the perfect time to convince public that you want to walk the talks!




Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Mr Yosef Ardi,

I appreciate reading your comments and can see how you care about things in this country but how do you know SBY will read your blogg ? I hope you will be walking the talk too, and ensure you always send SBY a hardcopy of your open letter so he can read it.

If you make all this effort to talk talk (blog blog) but don't take steps to make sure SBY see or hear your advice, then you are no better than those ineffective goverment official too.

Please keep up your good work, and hoping your good advice hits that bull at the right end - right in the eye, and not in the other end.

Thank you.

January 03, 2007 4:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't understand why Yosef should always send hardcopy of his articles to SBY or ministers. I believe hundreds or may be thousands of bloggers post similar criticism toward SBY in their own ways and I don't think they should send hardcopies to SBY. It's like those who write articles in the printed media. They have no obligation to send the copy of their articles to the ones they criticized except they're asslickers...he3. Move on Yosef and don't waste your time following the above commentator's stupid advise!

January 03, 2007 9:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

o dateDon't worry. I am sure President SBY is kept up to date with this blog. It seems to be increasingly widely read.

January 04, 2007 12:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am accepting your criticism graciously. It is yours sir and you are fully entitled to it.

My point is exactly this - the article seems to be inadvertently by its very nature adopting a 'NATO' approach as a means of criticising the 'NATO' performance of SBY government.

If bloggers really believe his socioeconomic and or geopolitical opinions and recommendations are worthy of due consideration, then they really should take more proactive approach by ensuring they are relayed directly to those who have the authority, resources and responsibility to implement.

We push for all company to have'CSR' - but surely it is good time all blogger must be having social responsibility too "BSR"

No medals are given for people who just sit back after events and say "I told you so"

Note - my reference to "NATO" is referal to expression 'no action talk only' reference to any other NATO is most purely coincidental.

I Thank You.

C Patha

January 04, 2007 2:01 PM  

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