Phew… 2 days before the D-day, campaign attributes are all taken from public areas. It makes me happy, at least I don’t have to see hundreds posters or banners of unidentified (read: alien / unknown) DPR (the House of Representatives) candidates telling promises [or, I believe, lies]
Well, actually I feel a bit sceptic about election. Um… on 30 March 2009, I watched a news program on TV and at least 7 “unfortunate events” were broadcasted. They were:
1. Party X destroyed the attributes of party Y without any permission, because that party (X) would use the nearby area for their campaign.
2. The national campaign spokeperson of a party arrived late. Three hours lateness, finally massa decided to leave the area before his arrival. [Good choice, I think :P]
3. Two candidates of a party were sentenced to a 6-month in prison because they had a campaign in a mosque on January 2009.
4. A candidate wa scaught on tape performing a bit “wild” dance with dangdut singer invited to the campaign.
5. A party gave away Rp.10,000 each for its supporters. Meanwhile, at another place and time, a party was also caught on tape giving away a cellphone each for its supporters. When they were confirmed, both parties insisted that it wasn’t money politics. [Hmm… But we DID see it…]
6. Another way of campaign. A party held a competition of eating cakes and something else like a festival of independence day we usually have here. They promised to give TV for the winner but in fact the prizes were different from what they had promised. Most of the participants felt disappointed and cancelled joining the game. When they were confirmed, simply they said, “We were disapponted. We don’t know what will happen if the candidate of this party becomes the member of DPR, since in this small event they already betrayed us…”
7. The Commission of the Election (KPU) smelled something fishy. In an area, some Elementary Students were listed as voters. Some other areas had several deceased persons listed. On the other hand, some ballots couldn’t be used since they already had check mark…
Hoh! All of those facts really makes me tired of election. Moreover, I read a polling on a newspaper yesterday (6 April 2009) and the answers of the 19 questions given about the work of DPR-RI from 2004-2009 were “not satisfactory” [click here to read the result–in Bahasa Indonesia]. Aaaaargh! Why is politics soooo… complicated?
Anyway, I’m thinking about sumthin else too. About the ballots.
The ballots contain the name of all the DPR candidates. Oh, it can take [at least] 50cm in length and 50cm in height (Umm… it is around 0.25 square meter, eh?). As far as I know, there will be around 2 or 3 ballots given to each voters (since we have to vote for the members of National House of Representative [DPR-RI] and 2 Regional DPR aka DPRD [Not sure about the number, though.. am I right? *questioning stare*]
OK. Lets say there are two ballots per voters, it means 0,5 square meter of paper is used. Now, how many eligible voters are there? Millions! Hah.. how many square meters of paper will be used? [not counting the not-usable ballots] I think it will take 500,000 square meter of paper per a million voters. If there are 12 millions, just multiply it by 12. Now, how many trees should be cut? How many degrees of the temperature of this globe will rise?
Perhaps, I’m a bit hyperbolic, but I think it’s logical enough…
Anyway, back to the first topic. I am, seeing those series of “unfortunate events” and the unsatisfactory work of DPR, more convinced to be a golput [Golongan Putih aka Abstain]. Furthermore, I am not sure whether the new members of DPR could make it better.. [regarding the mentality and morality of Indonesian people.. T_T]
Well, what do you think? Should I be one? *thinking…*