Presidential Election Day, 9 July 2014
Today, 9 July 2014, is a big day for Indonesia. Indonesian use their right to choose president for for 2014 - 2019 period.
Indonesian already receive a lot of exposure and information about each president candidates, Mr. Prabowo and Mr. Jokowi. We tried to digest every information which some of them came from unreliable source, some of them subjectively came from candidate supporter side, but of course there were facts that we read and/or heard (I guess it was fact).
In my view, our democracy is like a baby learning how to walk. We probably start walking now. Although I might say we learn it in not ideal way. We mostly became competitive supporter. We tried to defeat each other when supporting our favorite candidate. it caused family become temporary distance or friends starting to fight even only through social media. This is not what we expected from democracy, I guess.
I hope in the future our people learn how to observe each candidate in more objective and constructive way. Comparing each positive side rather than try to ruin other candidate reputation through black campaign. I hope in the future we are able to tolerate differences among us. Because anyway, one of the candidates will be our leader and we must support him/her because not many individuals are able to lead this huge country. Nobody is perfect. Nobody.
Rather than we mock and warn each other what cause that can be occurred because of one candidate won the election, it is better if we start preparing ourselves. Get ready for the change that he/she will bring. We better be a supportive rather than talk-much-do-less citizen.
Let’s start building our country together. Election is a celebration of freedom to say out loud our choice and being responsible for every results that we encounter. Respect others, cooperate, and start doing what we can for our country.