Thursday, December 28, 2006

Bill’s Plan to Rule Indonesia Botched

Another ingenious attempt on world domination by Microsoft has been intervened by the watchful KPPU (Business Competition Oversight Commission), as reported in an edition of Tempo Interactive. Following is an excerpt from the article.

“Information and Communication Minister Sofyan Djalil explained the case of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the government and Microsoft.

The MoU about appointing Microsoft the software supplier for all computers at government offices; therefore the Business Competition Oversight Commission (KPPU) plans to investigate this because there was no tender process.”

Obviously the one who did the explaining was also the one who did the signing, apparently without the knowledge of Research and Technology Minister. Then again as demonstrated, IT in Indonesia does indeed fall below two separate ministries. The I in one, and the T in another.

This intervention effort actually coming from one institution in one of the world’s most corrupt countries, according to Transparency International. Now that’s quite an improvement. Even though putting forth anti-corruption before anti-piracy is still kind of a dilemma, don’t you think.

But the scarier thing is: not only Bill wants control of your government, he’d have made you pay through your collective noses for the privilege.

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