I was attending a discussion late today about subsidized fertilizer, held by an Indonesia NGO who had had a long track record of working in the grass-root community and promoting good governance. Despite the subject that strongly and obviously taking side to farmers who mostly part of the poorest in Indonesia, an issue was raise for the venue of the event was a five-star hotel located in the business gold-triangle area where foreign companies and embassy is reside.
As a hotel that receives many rich-foreign guest especially from the US, and who had been a target of bombing terror not so long ago, the security was pretty tight. They had tracking dog in every entrance. But I wasn’t experiencing any difficulties getting inside (like I am planning to do bomb or such :p ) .
So, I was attending the discussion not because I am interested to the issue, which is no doubt an important one, but because I was asked to come the day before by the organizer due to the concern of little visitors would attend. And so, there I am, watching some of the speakers delivering their ideas, argument, and figures. Some are interesting, some are old stuff.
Although the event in overall cannot be said as a failure, I must say that it suppose to be better. They are targeting 40 invitee, instead came 30 people more or less, some of them is staff of the organizer’s institution who works in different project. Including me.
I have to say that the speaker are aimed almost perfectly. We have general director from Ministry of Trade, Head of Commission IV of the parliament, and others. It was suppose to be a very colorful discussion, and a very rich one. Although again, I cannot say that the show is a failure, it should be better.
I hope that everyone is learning form the experience. Not just seeing it from the bright side. Because as people who work for the development of Indonesia, as people who work for social cause, for a non-profit agency, we have to continue to seek for the best.