Did Pramoedya Ananta Toer’s works influence government policies in Indonesia? In what way? by Julius Galih
Answer by Julius Galih:
I believe so. In what way? Through the inspiring works of Pram. What works? His excellent story telling about colonial bureaucracy which cooperate with feudal aristocracy of before- Indonesia era.
Most of after 1998 Indonesian highly educated youth generation has better access into Pram’s works. Such story tell us the situation of feudalistic nuance who co- living as mutual partner with colonialism, which supported by the spirit of capitalism as backup. The grassroot of Indonesian, even the highly educated, still maintain the old style- classical perspectives, that becoming government apparatus is a noble job, believe me. If you visit rural areas of any big island in Indonesia, such Java, Sumatera, Kalimantan, and Sulawesi, you will grasp the nuance of government as nobility status, such vintage ideology stand still.
Becoming a private sector game player, entrepreneur, or any merchant aren’t a “Noble Social- Status”, of most Indonesian, until today. Becoming a government apparatus, or military officer highly likely still an “ Indonesian Dream”, for highly educated Indonesian youth, even now, and maybe then.
Pram’s works may inspire the government apparatus gradually, to inject a fundamental perspectives of public servant and budget spender, deducted from the tax. Government jobs is just another job like any other jobs, not a noble job, or aristocratic whatsoever.