It is sad, how (natural) science in a developing country like Indonesia is still so underrated. It is also amazing, how people worship studies related to economics, politics, laws, medical, etc so much up until this second — but STILL, the economic, politic, law, and even medical condition in this country is far left behind compared to other countries.
As a country so rich with natural resources, agricultural products, it is unbelievable how a certain party still force Indonesia to become an industrial country. We import soybeans while we’re one of the greatest producer of soybeans, we import rice while we have extensive rice fields all over the country. And who owns the patent? OTHER COUNTRIES. While we own the largest source of them.
And do the governments ever considered how to increase these potentials we have? Does anybody ever thought of modernizing the agricultural technology nationwide? Farmers stay farmers: uneducated, poor, helpless. Corruptors stay corruptors: wealthy, rich, corrupt.
Scientists are never really appreciated here in Indonesia. They are never properly paid. So local scientists do their experiments abroad for the sake of decent income and sufficient facilitations. With OUR brilliant, smart, Indonesian brains, we discover new medicines, new innovations. But who gets the credit for inventing them? Not Indonesia nor Indonesians for sure.
And I wonder why I ever had the thought of being a scientist. Here, IN INDONESIA.