Originally created 06/14/05

Complaints flood Indonesian President's phone

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono may be regretting the day he gave out his cell phone number.

The leader received thousands of short message texts that overloaded his phone, just one day after he asked people having problems with bureaucracy to complain directly to him.

"The number of the messages reached thousands," said Andi Alfian Mallarangeng, a presidential spokesman, on Sunday.

On Saturday, in a meeting with farmers and fishermen in the West Java town of Purwakarta that was broadcast live, Yudhoyono publicly announced his cell phone number saying he was prepared to listen to people's complaints.

Most of the resulting messages complained about delay of salary payments, land disputes, lack of services of bureaucracy, high living cost, corruption and chaotic traffic conditions.

"We apologize to all Indonesian people over this happening," Mallarangeng said. "We are trying to find out ways of creating a system that is able to accommodate so a lot number of messages."


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