Luke, all excellent points IMHO. Well done my friend!
What I truly like about Indonesias approach to foreign investment is the overall respect and protection of its culture. Indonesia should remain conservative with its solicitation of foreign investment.
All too often success with foreign investment means abdication of culture. And, unfortunately, the appeal of the dollar is just as strong here as anywhere else.
I pray God every day that NEVER happens here, and I pray not for me, but for my three sons and all their Balinese cousins that their heritage, their culture, their way of life will NEVER be subjected to outside influence and money to such extent that their culture dies.
Its a very fine line that Indonesia walks every day between advancing its economic strength and maintaining the superb and totally unique diversity of its almost endless inherent cultures. It is our diversity and our cultures which most defines us. The true source of our wealth is not our oil, our gas, our minerals, or our labor force. The true source of our wealth lies within the heart of each and every Indonesian, their bonds to family, to village, to Province and to country.
The current trend in Bali is most assuredly positive. Many Balinese outside of southern Bali are now more acutely aware of what foreign investment, and local greed, has done for places like Kuta, and other areas as well.
The idea, greed is good does not resonate here, and I thank God for that.