An official research made by Indo Barometer back in April 25 to May 4, 2011 had given answers which was too hard to swallow for Indonesian reformists who were involved during the street reform that was done in 1998.
According to the study which was done in 33 districts which runs on the policy during President Suharto’s era, showed that it was better than the aftermath of 1998 reform.
As much as 28.2 percent respondents from 1,200 people stated that the aftermath of the reform had deteriorate their lifestyle.
Meanwhile another 27.2 percent described that everything was as same and only 22.8 percent agreed that the aftermath of reform is better to be compared to the time of Suharto.
The result of the research was actually gained a few years ago, back in May 20, 2008 where thousands of students and Indonesians made a protest on the aftermath of the reform which failed to change the life in Indonesia.
If 10 years back, they assembled on streets, demanding Suharto to withdraw himself as President, in May 20, 2008, they seemed to have regretted their move.
As for economic move, obviously there has been no changes at all even though the leadership of the country had been changed multiple times after the reform. Indonesia remain as the biggest contributor in housemaid sector to other countries.
The only success they had from the reform was freedom, which obviously had brought even more trouble in terms of relationship between races and religions.
It has been 14 years since the 1998 reform and within the period, many have died due to conflict between race and religion.
1998 reform had proven that it had failed to change the fate of people, and it is coming to the reality where the people seemed to have missed Suharto’s strictness in leading their country.
If that is the fact, then why would us Malaysians would want to follow the same method?
Everyone realize that the history of Malaysian reform was mostly led by Anwar Ibrahim, which he fully copied everything from Indonesia.
The moment when Indonesia began their reform in May 1998, Anwar followed the same method a month later on June 18, 1998 when he yelled out the reform theory with the hope that rakyat would support him to help him get to the top.
After losing the Deputy Prime Minister post, by September 2, 1998, Anwar fully manipulated the Indonesian reform which shown Kuala Lumpur filled with street demonstrations.
Shopping complexes and government offices had to be closed, riots and chaos triggered around Kuala Lumpur. At the time, a huge number of students who were influenced with the slogan of anti KKN (Corruption, Cronyism and Nepotism) was chanted by Anwar and those who were on the streets.
Meanwhile, Malaysian Chinese had take the safe step, considering that the dark history of Indonesian reform had caused mass murder of Chinese at the country.
However, seeing Kuala Lumpur being almost as same as what had happened in Indonesia, they then totally rejected such violence which was imported from the neighboring country.
They realize that if such movement would lead to violence where innocent lives were killed, girls were raped and murdered, why would they want to take such path.
Not just that, Indonesian reform also showed that it would disrupt the economy and lives of rakyat.
Majority of Malaysians, Malay, Chinese, Indian and others then decided that such measure is not the answer. Especially when it is brought up a politician who is selfish and would sacrifice the nation for his own interest.
Thus, it is clear that the political culture which is brought by Anwar is a failure and it is not suitable to be used in this country. There are no reason for us to follow any of it.
Street demonstrations are not the way for us to develop our country. Only sensible transformation and competitive leadership would move our nation forward.