Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Editor's Letter: Dear Mr. President

Living in the world's third largest democratic country, it goes without saying that we always keep our eyes open on the election. We have our votes, we have our says.

"Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We only have today. Let us begin." -Mother Theresa

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Dear Mr. President,

I wrote this letter in the of hope for some major changes in Indonesia under your presidency for the next five years. First thing first, we didn't forget that both you and your opponent have declared yourselves as the winners of the national election merely based on some unofficial surveys, but of course, in this holy month, we forgive. We want no conflict of interest no more. Indonesia is the world's third largest democracy and yet, Indonesians still think of it as a form of luxury. Could you solve this for us?

Moreover, we know that you would not have the heart to hold your head up high while more than 32 million out of 234 million populations currently live below the poverty line. Yes, we do believe that you would execute all the possible means to lift more people out of poverty and narrow the gap between the rich and the poor.

As a home to hundreds of ethnic groups and cultures, we know that it's not easy to keep us all united, but it's your job as the president. You've got to find a way to make this work. We want to have that wholesome and refined sense of belonging of this country all over again. We want to believe in the words "from the people, for the people" one more time. We want to believe that you came from one of us and you'd lead us in doing great things.

Above all, I'm putting my high hopes in you.

Elisa Kuswari