Thursday, 16 October 2008

Indonesia is not a meritocracy. There exists too much corruption, collusion, and nepotism for a system that rewards ability to flourish. People rise to power because of how much money they have or their political connections instead of because they deserve it. Even though the government talks about everyone having the same opportunity this is not really true, a few families still control over 90% of the country's wealth, meaning that Indonesia is more of an oligarchy than a meritocracy. Also, because it is a developing nation that has more than 200 million people, not everyone can have the same opportunity, even if they are talented enough to be successful. Therefore, if nothing done to diminish the oligarchy, meritocracy will always be a myth in Indonesia.

written by :
Mahatmadha Adisara

Meritocracy is a myth in Indonesia

Rewarding people on the basis of their intelligence and skills defines meritocracy. This is recognized as the best method as it encourages people towards continuous improvement. It is an ideal basis for every country especially a developing one, such as Indonesia. However, Indonesia is considered far from meritocratic. It is a well known fact that factors such as family name, family relation, wealth, race, religion, age, sex are more commonly used. It seems that setting meritocracy as basis for advancement is not considered important in Indonesia. Moreover, the use of discrimination over metocracy as basis of advancement is so common that many find it acceptable and do not try to hide it. A meritocratic Indonesia was widely considered as too grand of a dream when former president Soeharto appointed his daughter, Siti Rukmana as Minister of Social Affairs. Aware of Indonesia’s non meritocratic ways, many bright Indonesian scholars chose apply their knowledge, skills and intelligence abroad. How can Indonesia improve if advancements and positions continue to be given based on the wrong basis? Indonesia may be far from being a meritocratic country but with widespread awareness of the importance of adopting a meritocractic system, it is not an impossible mission.

Meritocracy [FINAL]

All around the world, individuals and groups are awarded opportunities and rewards based on the talents or abilities they showcase. This system is known as a meritocracy. In countries like China and Russia, meritocracy functions in job interviews held so that individuals are appointed for the position they applied for due to the competency they managed to show. Unfortunately in Indonesia, this is not the case as many other factors clouds up decisions in the minds of people. For instance connections with the powerful/elite, their current or former position in the society(minister, lower class family etc.) , race and even religion often come into place when a decision is about to be made. Thus giving a biased view to the people who deserves the opportunity more then others. With this in mind, it is therefore concluded that meritocracy is in fact nothing more than a myth in Indonesia.

Meritocracy in Indonesia is a myth.

Countries like Singapore had a meritocracy in its government system. Not all countries have this kind of system, in which the person who rule the country (such as: president, king) is elected because of their talents, their speciality. The fact that developed countries like United States and Singapore have meritocracy system can not be hindered. They believed by having this kind of system will lead them to have a good prospect leader for the country. Meanwhile, some developing countries such as Indonesia did not 'acknowledge' meritocracy. Indonesia chose its leader by looking at the 'status', the job, race and religion.

Written by:
Olivia Tjuatja - PBE 01

meritocracy is a myth in indonesia

in this world, all people need a job. but, many employers give a job because of their connection with some people, and not because the employees qualification. in indonesia, many companies are unsuccessful because of the myth of meritocracy which applied in those companies. the leader of the company hire the employees based on their relation to those people not because their skill, knowledge, and performance. this case not only happen in the companies, but also in the election of the government members in indonesia. they were chosen by their connection with the organization, or they do something dishonest to be chosen. so, the conclusion is indonesia is a country that applied meritocracy as a myth.

Meritocracy is a Myth in Indonesia

Since the old times, people need money for living. Hence, they find a job to get money and to be able to buy their needs and wants. In this day and age, having a job is getting crucial for each person. In the view of the fact that things has been sold in a higher prices, people are becoming more concern with their economy and decided to apply for a job. However, because of the high competition, applying for a job these days seems more challenging compared to the past period. As a result, it makes it harder for people to get a job. This situation cause the boss to judge people carefully so that he/she could select the best ones. Thus, there are various factors that decide whether a person should get a job or should not. These factors include person's own ability, wide connections, power, social status, and many others. Recently, good connections, social status and power are the factors that most influence boss' decisions. Other than that, one's ability or talent might also affect the decisions and if someone is accepted to have a job based on own ability or talent, it is described as meritocracy. In Indonesia, people could get a job easier by their social status, power and connections. It seems that it has been the most common way to get a job there. Therefore, meritocracy is more like a myth in Indonesia.

Meritocracy is a myth in Indonesia

Nowadays every country is lead by the government who control the economic, military tenancy, etc. But unfortunately not the entire representative member is educated enough to be the leader of the country. In this case only a few developed countries such as Singapore with high respect to their law can really make highly educated people to be their representative in the government.
In the other hand most of the developing country such as Indonesia still based on the wealth or power that they have. In other words that people who have more power and money can become the leader of this country. This is the major reason why the number corruption is very high in Indonesia. So from the point above I can conclude that meritocracy is a myth in Indonesia.
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