I met Ferdi for dinner together with my “ex” Alvin one night before I stayed with Ferdi. We talked about the society in Indonesia. Ferdi knows a lot about political issues. He told me that in Indonesia they have a big problem with drug trafficking. Therefore, they introduced the death penalty for drug smuggle in 2004. Since then already 22 people were executed by firing squad due to drug trafficking. Ferdi believes that after the new president was elected, even harder rules are applied concerning drug trafficking.
In order to be part of the election for a new president in Indonesia, women and men are allowed to vote but just with a valid Indonesian ID. An Indonesian passport would not count. That is the reason why a couple of Indonesian citizens would not vote a new president as they literally would not be able to do so. Because to get a valid ID it would cost them too much money and they prefer not to have one and not to vote than to pay that price. Continue reading The beauty of the past in the present in Bali – Ferdi’s Bali