This is excellent news!
Indonesia sent a rather accomplished team of secondary students to Zagreb, Croatia, to participate in the 41st Physics Olympiad. The team: Christian George Emor from North Sulawesi, David Giovanni from Tangerang, Banten, Kevin Soedyatmiko from Jakarta, Muhammad Sohibul Maromi from East Java, and Ahmad Ataka Awwalur Rizqi from Yogyakarta took the competition by storm and scooped four gold medals and a silver medal. Awesome effort considering there were 376 participants from 82 countries!
In a country that is knocking on the door of 250 million people the odds must be in favour of there being a good number of incredibly gifted people living in the midst of that burgeoning sprawl of humanity. This goes to show that some of them have been uncovered. However, perhaps with a functioning Department of Education, a comprehensive education policy, and proper funding Indonesia would be uncovering so much more talent from among its ranks. There is no reason, bar one, that Indonesia should not be at the forefront of all kinds of research and innovation; the incredibly inefficient government.
It is with sincere hope that these kinds of achievements encourage the government to commit more funding to education and training.
In the meantime, congratulations to the whole Indonesian team. You have done yourselves and your country proud.