Posted by the writer on Saturday, June 24, 2006
10.57 pm, Yogyakarta
I have told you my view about ASEAN. Despite all the facts, I think ASEAN will never become such an effective organization, as long as, they can not solve their basic problems.
Such as: economic gap and problem of trust, caused by their various political system background (remember ASEAN history as colonial's region), in particular, countries in Indochina region: Cambodia, Myanmar (Burma), Laos, Vietnam with other member in ASEAN.
Indonesia, I think, should start to consider seriously leaving ASEAN and stop its mental dependence to ASEAN. The mentality that says Indonesia needs ASEAN to show how influential Indonesia is in South East Asia region.
Are we? Are we influential? If its true, what is the result? Is there any ASEAN contribution to the international world, (okay, except TAC), Does ASEAN seen and weighted in the international society?
Beside ASEAN diplomats, how many people remember Asean Regional Forum? The only forum outside six lateral party talks, where North Korea, Japan, United States sit together in a rather peaceful atmosphere. No one. Because there has never an applicable, concrete, results appeared from such ambitious forum.
This mentality -- Indonesia is the biggest country in southeast Asia -- is not healthy, even we know that is the facts; We have to remember that we are Giant in the group of ants.
ASEAN is dull. I do hope Indonesia does not linger in that kind of stagnancy.
Anyway, this is just a thought.
Next we will talk about Australia, our lovely neighbor. If you're not bored.
But, its likely, I bore myself with this topic, he he.
or perhaps, i will write about something else, something to make you frown. Love, maybe? :)
Good night, dear.. see you in Jakarta.