I used to love monopoly… the game, that is. When I was little, I would play with my bro, who was the only other person who is as smart and as cunning as I was. I would love for nothing else than to conquer Boardwalk and Park Avenue - so I could bleed him dry out of his cash. And I would also do anything to conquer the public utilities and railways - acquiring those would guarantee the winning of everything my opponent had - money, houses, and even freedom! I could throw the poor loser to jail at every throw of the dice!
Then I grew up and realize thoroughly that monopoly, no matter what the excuse is, would never benefit anyone but the monopolizer. I realized that I, ye olde commoner, will never achieve contentment in life as long as the monopoly is still there.
Most especially is the monopoly of public utilities.
I know and realize that my country is still very young compared to most advanced countries out there. I am knowledgeable enough to not gonna compare my fully independent country with countries like Malaysia or Singapore - both should never even pretend that they did not get financial help from momma UK.
But I do wish that this country, MY country, would wake up and acknowledge that their insistence on holding monopolistic grasp on public utilities fail to the max. Those monopolized utilities have no money they need to develop themselves. They also have no professional manpower - all of the employees thinking that being a stae employee equal lazyass days and lazyass nights with guaranteed pay and pension.
This country has tried to un-monopolize several utilities, i.e. phone and water. Guess what? During the monopoly, only 20% Indonesian have a phone. After demonopolization, 100% Indonesian own phones of every type - and the 80-additional percent are proud owners of privately-owned cellular phones.
Water? Likewise, in spite the fact that most of the private water companies are still hemmoraging money, but they were able to allow water to reach locations the state-owned company had never managed to reach. Piped Water penetration inJakarta before privatization was 15%. Now, 20 years after privatization, they have 70% penetration.
The excuses of the sons of bitches sitting in the parliament were always the cliche: “we can’t let electricity be privatized! It’s for the good of the ‘lowly’ people who would not be able to pay private fees!”
Well, bullshit. Even the poorest of people would rather dig deeper into their pockets for a private, foolproof, shutdown-proof electricity.
As of the time I post this, the electricity of greater Depok and Bogor area, as well as Cawang area, has shut off twice. The first one lasted for two hours, this one has been dead for one and a half hour. If there is an option against state-owned PLN, I would have boycotted PLN like I did the state-owned phone company. I have boycotted the state phone company since 2008, and GOD my communication has never been more simple and guaranteed to work.
I shall be off to buy a genset in a few hours - as soon as the stores are opened.