Thursday, February 19, 2009

Indonesian Social Discrepancy

Indonesian version: Indonesia Oh Indonesia

The end of last year, Forbes launch a list of world richest. I am not very interesting with that because it does not too touch my life. However, they also present list of 40 Richest Indonesians. They placed Sukanto Tanoto as the wealthiest man in Indonesia with $2 billion assets who as rumor has it bring the chief editor of prominent Indonesian news paper flung away from his position because the owner of this newspaper was disgusted with his close relationship to that wealthiest. Sukanto Tanoto was purportedly has problem with Government of Indonesia about his company’s taxes. Two levels below are kretek cigarette tycoon: Budi and Michael Hartono. Later, Putra Sampoerna. The 2007 richest, Aburizal Bakrie, was down into ninth.

That list does not touch on me too. However, the list has bothered me when I sum the 40 richest assets, i.e. $20 billion. It means they held 5% of Indonesia’s Gross Domestic Product. I imagine if they donate all they have, it means there are 15 million unemployed (or it means 60 million people) will have proper life for a year. If we give 15 million unemployed a job, it will cut almost 50% unemployment problems in Indonesia.

There are more interesting facts. If the 40 richest donate their money to government, although it is impossible, it is suited with 20% Indonesia’s National Budget. It means twice of National Educational Budget which mean all children in school age from Elementary School until University.

They are not wrong with their all richness, but they get it all through the fair method. Nevertheless, there is big discrepancy in Indonesian economic system. We have the same opinion that this country has Pancasila as a foundation, but actually we adopt a pure capitalism as an economic system: “He, who has a lot of money, will be richer; he who has nothing goes away.”