Subject: Timor-Leste Local Media Monitoring April 8, 2004

Timor-Leste International and Local Media Monitoring April 8, 2004

Timor Post

Timorese are smart but lazy, says Xanana

During the ceremony for the opening of the Timor Intitute of Development Studies (TIDS) the President of Timor-Leste, Xanana Gusmao, said that Timorese are smart people and are able to learn quick, but are lazy for not applying and developing what they have learned. He said that its important for the Timorese to face reality and follow the process for the future.

Australia is wicked, says Amaral

The Vice-President of the Commission B at the National Parliament, Clementino dos Reis Amaral, said that the Government and the Parliament of Australia are wicked, because they have not complied with the Timorese needs, especially with the exploration in the Timor Sea. He said that the attitude of the Australian Government does not give any advantages to the Timorese people. Mr Amaral said that the Government and the Parliament of Australia said that the Timorese have not given anything of value, but, during the Second World War many died and suffered because of Australians.

Local businessmen need to learn how to compete, says Ximenes

The Vice-Minister for Development and Environment, Abel Ximenes, said that the Government has established good conditions to support national business managers to start competing with internationals. He said that because of this the national business managers have to learn from foreigners who are more advanced in business.

215 with leprosy in Oe-Cussi

The Head of the Health Clinic in the District of Oe-Cussi, Magno da Cunha, said that a survey team of doctors has identified 215 patients in the District of Oe-Cussi with leprosy in the Sub-District of Passabe, Nitibe and Oesilo. He said in Oesilo alone there are 100 people with leprosy and in the Distrit of Oe-Cussi with a population of 300, 70 or 80 of them have contracted leprosy. Mr da Cunha said that after the survey the doctors reported that in the District of Oe-Cussi alone 15% of the children and 25% of the adults have leprosy.

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Economy is important to take this nation forward, says Xanana

The President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, Xanana Gusmao, said that the Government needs to solve the weak economy that's creating political and social problems. The President said that these problems need to be addressed otherwise the nation won't be interested in talking about politics, social matters or democracy, because they will be going hungry.

Nostalgia for dictatorship as Indonesia heads to polls

The brightly colored flags of 24 different parties still flutter across Indonesia. Campaigners, many of them unemployed youths attracted by the gift of a free T-shirt, have gone home after a month of motorbike cavalcades. Despite these signs of vibrancy, there is a widespread political disillusionment just five years into Indonesia’s fledgling democracy ­ one of the few in the Muslim world. Many votters profess a yearning for the stability under former dictator Suharto, who resigned in May 1998, and his ruling Golkar party. A swath of minor parties ­ including Isllamic groups ­ and notorious figures from the past are also riding the wave of nostalgia. Polls show a swing away from the incumbent and once popular President Megawati Sukarnoputri and her party, the Indonesian Democratic Party-Struggle (PDI-P). In her three years in power Mrs Megawati has been aloof, rarely granting interviews or making public appearances. Many of her economic reforms, such as cutting power subsidies, have been unpopular with the poor and have failed to deliver jobs to the 40 million unemployed in this nation of 217 million. And little appears to have been done to curb the endemic corruption blamed for plunging Indonesia into financial chaos in 1997-98.

Jose Filipe External Affairs World Bank, Dili Office Ph: 723 0554 Tel: 332 4649 Email: ffilipe@worldbank.org


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