Interviews

ADLA Video Series 2020: Why Democracy Matters?

von Rey Padit

Interview with Ms. Rizky Putri Amalia of Indonesia

“Because of democracy, Indonesia became more stable in terms of its economy as well as equally in development. People in Indonesia became more educated and more open-minded.” This was the answer of Ms. Rizky Putri Amalia when asked about the importance of democracy for her country. Ms. Amalia is a Fellow of the Konrad Adenauer School for Young Politicians (KASYP) batch 06 and the alumni representative for KASYP Cambodia National Alumni Chapter. In this interview, Ms. Amalia shares her insights on “Why democratic values and principles are important for her country?”, “What are the main challenges to democracy?”, and “What can she do to ensure that she becomes or remains a democratic leader?”. #ADLA4Democracy

Why Democracy Matters?

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KAS PDA: Why do you think democratic values and principles are important for your country?

Ms. Rizky Putri Amalia: In Indonesia, we have practiced democracy since 1999 after the fall of the old regime. Since then, democracy has been in a very beneficial and valuable position for our country, especially to the economic development. Because of democracy, Indonesia became more stable in terms of its economy as well as equally in development, especially infrastructure development and social. People in Indonesia became more educated and more open-minded.

KAS PDA: In your context, what do you think are the main challenges to democracy?

Ms. Rizky Putri Amalia: Although we have been living under a democratic government for about like 20 years, the main challenge or the biggest challenge is education of a proper and positive democracy. As a young politician, we need to educate our future generation of a proper and better democracy in a positive way.

KAS PDA: As a young leader, what can you do to ensure that you become and remain a democratic leader?

Ms. Rizky Putri Amalia: I will educate my people about what is true democracy. I would say, I will encourage my people to make positive contribution for a better Indonesia. And, I want Indonesia to be internationally prominent country for living.

 

Disclaimer: ​​​​​​​This interview excerpt is taken from the ADLA Video Series 2020 project which aims to seek for answers on the question "Why Democracy Matters?" from the KASYP alumni country representatives. The opinions, beliefs, and viewpoints expressed are those of the interviewee do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung. Any insights expressed in this content do not intend to hurt any individual, community, or organization.

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