Centralistic government of the past and its marked downfall in 1999 has given rise to a system overhaul that offers autonomy rights across the vast archipelago of Indonesia.
Autonomous region was a new concept that garnered widespread support, and the amendment of decentralisation law in 2004 strengthened the notion that the crises-stricken country was making changes for a better future.
But years later, some said in apprehension that we may not be ready yet for such dramatic changes. The nation of 250 million population appeared to run in circle catching its tail.
The once celebrated idea has been a cause for desolation. In many regions, development has gove reversal. This rundown house is the district government property used for a secretariat office for food and agricultural stock planning.
This is a chain of the apparent dysfunctional system that surprisingly occured in Banten, one of the provinces in West Java, and in border with the capital province of Jakarta.
Dirt road like this certainly cannot sustain regional development. No passenger vehicle can cross this fragile wooden bridge.
There is a desperate urgency for paved roads that can bring materials to build villages, power lines, and access to the closest trade centers.
The local people overcome the distance by foot or motorcycles. The means of goods transportation has never existed.
The decentralisation law that granted Banten a separate administrative province in 2000 has yet to free the people from the westward desolation.