Almost two weeks ago, I got a chance to visit Malaysia and Thailand with others IPIEF students. I didn’t know why I wasn’t really excited to go until the day we gathered together in the airport right before we flew to Kuala Lumpur. Long story short we arrived at KLIA2 at around 3.30 p.m local time. Didn’t want to take too much time at the airport we straightly went to Kedah which was about 7 hours ride by bus. In other words we spent our first day in the bus.
On the second day, my room-mate started our day with the hurry-scurry moment because we woke up late. Lol. After decided (not really decide; more like the only choice left) took a very short bath time session and quick-preparation, we went to the downstairs and had the our breakfast together with others. The destination for that day was the general consulate of Indonesia (KJRI) and Universiti Science Malaysia.
The third day, as we stayed in the front of ferry harbor, we didn’t need to move so early to be able to take the first ferry to Langkawi. We arrived at Langkawi and start our day there with such a pretty view of the combination of sea and group of islands. It was really fun but exhausting because the weather quite hot (or so hot). Next we went to a chocolate store and one another shopping place which I forgot what it was.
Move the next day, we went back to Kedah and directly continue our road-trip to South Thailand. It was not really far but sadly we have to left one of our friends because he had problem with his visa. But still, the show must go on right? So, we continued the trip to Hat Yai. That time we were on our way to Songkla University (PSU) before our directure realized that we supposed to visit the PSU in Patani. With a little bit of regret we went to PSU in Hat Yai and took some pictures. After that we spent the rest of the day with enjoying Hat Yai.
Not really think had enough time on South Thailand, we had to go back to Kuala Lumpur to prepared and packed our things before we went back to Indonesia. For me, eventhough this journey felt so short but I got a lot of fun. Not only I got the knowledge from the general consulate and campuses we had the chance to visit, but also the experience of having road trips with all of my friends in IPIEF. Those simple moment of happiness as loudly sang some songs together on the bus, took some walk in the night in a country that we couldn’t speak and read their language, and etc will obviously become something that I will keep for myself for the rest of my life, though.
QUESTION and ANSWER
- Comparing economic condition between Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand
Gross Domestic Product of Indonesia grew 5.1% in 2017 compared to last year. This rate is 1 -tenth of one percent higher than the figure of 5% published in 2016. The GDP figure in 2017 was $932,448 million with the absolute value of GDP in Indonesia rose $71,305 million with respect to 2016. The GDP per capita of Indonesia in 2017 was $3,604, $233 higher than in 2016, it was $3,371.
The Malaysian economy advanced 5.9 percent year-on-year in the December quarter of 2017, compared to a 6.2 percent growth in the previous three months and beating market consensus of a 5.7 percent expansion. Private consumption, investment, and exports increased at softer paces while government spending accelerated. For full 2017, the economy grew 5.9 percent, the most in three years.
Thailand’s gross domestic product grew by 4 percent year-on-year in the fourth quarter of 2017, following a 4.3 percent expansion in the previous period and below market consensus of 4.4 percent. Government spending and investment rose at softer paces while private consumption and exports grew firmly.
- The Suggestion for improving Indonesia’s economic condition
Above of anything else, to improve our country’s condition in terms of economic, ofcourse we need to improve the quality of our economic system itself. Technically there are a lot of works that this country (both government and the citizens) should do. For what I have in mind, it is very important to have great access and quality of educational system. We all know that education is like a basic thing to develop and build human’s skills. Once the country has them, it will become easier for Indonesian citizens to get education (both the formal and infromal) which is very essential in increasing the quality of human resources. After that, as the impact of having human resources with intelligence and ability, the country will automatically cope its level of poverty. It will happen because as the skilled resources it is not going to be hard for them to get work. Even those who get both intelligence and ability, plus creativity may create business which is going to be another workfield for the people. Another way to improve the economic condition are by stabilizing the political condition and becoming master in the field of science and technology.