Reading Indonesian newspapers usually depresses me, but on Wednesday the two covers of Kompas and the Jakarta Post particularly made me lose my appetite.
On the left is a picture on the renovation of the DPR Budgetary Body room, how the newly imported chair from Germany each costs Rp. 24 million. On the right, is a picture of a damaged bridge in Lebak, Banten, used by children to go to school.
As usual, only after it has gotten national and international media coverage, seven days after the bridge was damaged the Bupati, Mr. Mulyadi Jayabaya, decides to visit the site and made an attempt to cross the bridge as well – only to find that he was not as fit as those children are.
The costs for repairing the bridge, he said, is roughly Rp. 600 million with the duration of 3 months.
The total costs for renovating the DPR Budgetary Body room is roughly Rp. 20 billion, and I’m pretty sure it will take less than 3 months to finish. I believe the honorary members of the representatives can’t wait to have its next meeting discussing future government spending in those comfortable chairs.