Truth itself here is more slippery. Indonesians, like many Southeast Asians, tend to like to avoid conflict of any sort. It’s not uncommon to be told two completely contradictory things in one sentence, and end up with no clue if that person truly means both things, just one of them, or neither. Entire monologues in the Indonesian language can be a jumble of meaningless acronyms and dodgy words, the dross left behind by the old authoritarian regimes. Politicians here, as anywhere, lie, but they do it with an artlessness that shows how rare it is for them to be called out on it.
— Aubrey Belford in The Global Mail