Residents indifferent to elections

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Anton Muhajir,  The Jakarta Post,  Denpasar | Wed, 03/25/2009 1:09 PM | Bali

Farmer Made Jaya, 67, is weeding his rice fields on the outskirts of North Denpasar district on a sunny day.

He prefers tending to his 1,700-square-meter field than taking part in any of the campaign activities leading up to the April 9 legislative elections.

“The upcoming election is confusing because there are so many candidates to pick from and so many candidate pictures to punch on the ballot,” he said, when asked to comment on the elections.

Not only are there too many candidates for Jaya – father of four from Tagtag Kaja hamlet in Peguyangan village – to choose from, but he also does not know any of them, which makes it even more confusing.

“In the last election, I voted for a candidate from the same hamlet.But after he won a seat at the House of Representatives, he never participated in any hamlet activities,” he said.

Now Jaya is determined to choose a candidate from another hamlet.

“Elections are not an important thing for me. Despite voting several times, my situation as a farmer has never changed,” he said.

He said although the candidates always promised to help improve the well-being of farmers like him, once they won their seats, they forgot about their promises.

“My income is decreasing. Instead of reaping profits, I am constantly loosing money.”

Jaya said while the cost of hiring tractors, buying fertilizers and pesticides was increasing, his returns on rice per 100 square meter were decreasing, from Rp 100,000 to Rp 75,000.

“I have no other choice but to keep farming. Buying rice would make it much more expensive for me,” he said.

“That’s why I voted for candidates who would give me money.”

Another resident, Ni Putu Asih from the Tonja hamlet in East Denpasar district, is also indifferent to the elections.

“I have voted in numerous elections, but there have never been any changes in my life,” said the soto vendor on Jl. Nangka Utara.

“I don’t care who I vote for. Whoever will do.”

Ni Wayan Buncing, a vegetable farmer in Peguyangan area, was also confused about which candidate to vote for.

“Whoever is elected in the government will not change my life,” she said.

“Nobody really cares about people like me.”

Buncing lives in a makeshift bamboo hut and lives off the vegetables she cultivates herself.

“I will stay in this situation whoever the leader is,” she said.

Some voters take a more pragmatic approach and end up choosing candidates who give them money or campaign in their hamlets. [#]

  • ahead
    March 27, 2009

    Komentar rakyat kecil tentang pemimpin memang ga banyak berubah ya…. dan ini juga menular pada orang-orang berpendidikan yang malah milih jadi golput di pemilu.
    Itu bisa bikin pemilu yang sudah dihancurkan oleh politik uang jadi makin hancur.

    Kita perlu pemimpin yang pintar dan kuat iman. Jadi bisa mempengaruhi kepercayaan pada pemimpin2 berikutnya setelah dia.

    Tapi hari gini, kalo memang ada yang seperti itu, pasti hidupnya juga ga akan lama. Ditembak duluan sama yang punya duit dan kuasa tapi ga punya hati nurani.
    **sensi mode : on**

    Coba om adakan penelitian dengan sample random. 😀
    Apakah sikap tidak peduli rakyat kecil berhubungan langsung dengan pilihan pemimpin yang sering bagi duit, atau ganteng, atau kumisnya keren, ato yang suka makan Be Guling di warung Bu Oka 😀 😀

  • erick
    April 2, 2009

    Whoever is elected in the government will not change my life

    that’s point

    Nobody really cares about people like me

    sangat betul…

    speachless more……….

  • a!
    April 9, 2009

    tp inilah mekanisme yg kita punya sejauh ini utk mengubah kepemimpinan. jd ya gimana lagi?

    soal penelitian. aku nunggu kamu aja deh yg bikin. :p

  • a!
    April 9, 2009

    betul banged. 🙁

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