Indonesia's new President, B.J. Habibie, who enriched himself under former dictator Suharto's crony capitalism, recently asked Indonesians to fast twice a week to save rice. In response to the Asian currency crisis and as a condition for bail-out loans, the International Monetary Fund has imposed "reforms" which have sent both unemployment and inflation skyrocketing. As millions of Indonesians worry about where their next meal is coming from, multi-millionaire Habibie blithely encourages them to forego eating twice a week.
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