Presidential election has drawn to an end. Now, this country has a new president. With the new leader, people surely commend a new hope as well. They hope an overall improvement in all areas so that the people’s welfare can increase. No more poverty leaves on the Indonesian fatherland that is rich with natural beauty, culture and natural resources. Unlike these days, inequality is clearly visible between the surpluses and minus areas, rich and poor people, developed and underdeveloped regions and so on.
All regions in Indonesia have a great hope. Bali is no exception. With the new president, Bali certainly wants a comprehensive policy. It is not only in terms of the leader who lives in Jakarta, but also how his policy can touch the interest of Balinese people themselves. The policy of central government must be in line with the policy of local government. The leaders in central government must work together with the same goals and interests to promote Bali. There should be no distinction of interests between central and local government. Everything must go hand in hand according to the interests of Balinese people inspired by Hinduism and Balinese culture.
Actually, people do not expect a grandiose thing to the new leaders. They only need an understanding, or more precisely a mutual understanding. The leaders should understand exactly about the heterogeneity of Indonesian society. Its community is diverse with the motto Bhinneka Tunggal Ika or Unity in Diversity on the fatherland of Indonesia stretching from Sabang (West) to Merauke (East). Thousands of islands form rows with the potential of richness and beauty. Indeed, it denotes the tourism potential, Indonesia is very rich.
When analogized to a string of pearls, Bali is one of the beautiful pearls. It must be kept by the society and the government with its pro-people policy. It’s not in favor of investors who just want to rake in huge profits, nor local officials who only look for profits at the expense of conscience and the interests of Balinese people in the future.
By all means, we expect the new leaders refer to the concept of leadership in Hinduism known as the Asta Brata. Asta means ‘eight’ and Brata means ‘noble science of leadership.’ On that account, this concept poses 8 (eight) doctrines, philosophies or noble science of leadership. They include Surya Brata (a leader must be like sun), Chandra Brata (a leader must be like a moon in darkness), Kartika Brata (a leader must be like star becoming a role model), Angkasa Brata (able to accommodate aspirations), Bayu Brata (closer to people), Samudra Brata (fair and wise), Agni Brata (authoritative and bold as fire) and Pertiwi Brata (generous).
Naturally, this is just a concept, a future goal and reference. The most important thing is the implementation. Obviously, we now have a new leader and a new hope for a better future of Indonesia and Bali.