A hypothesis: A merit-based government could be perceived less successful in good times because it does not give what the people “want”, but protect their “needs”. Whereas in times of crisis, the merit-based government is able to deliver what the people truly needs.
In the complex “war” against Covid-19, the wisdom of promptly allocating finite resources can only be achieved if leaders assemble and listen to credible experts. The leaders’ humility to admit lack of comprehension is a critical step towards saving humanity.
Each day spent in political fights for power is one day lost that could have been used to work to improve people’s livelihood. Indonesia’s political elites are fortunate to have people that are relatively resilient and peaceful – but they should not take them for granted.