Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Situation in Indonesia is worsening

The situation in Indonesia is getting to be quite bad. The economy has been weak for several months. The popularity of President Joko Widodo had dropped significantly since he took office 8 months ago. The headlines in the Jakarta Post today says "Exports continue to weaken".
When I arrived at the immigration desk yesterday, the office asked me for my purpose. I replied "consultancy". He then said softly, "kopi kopi". I replied "no". So, he stamped my passport. This was the first time in six years that I encountered such a request.
I recalled that there was a large sign two years ago at the immigration desk "The giver and receiver of a bribe will be prosecuted". This sign has since disappeared.

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