“There are several reasons for Indonesian’s lack of popularity. Indonesian literature, arts and culture is in a pretty poor state, so there is not much pull factor compared to Arabic, Chinese, Russian, and other languages. For foreign students and graduates, there are very few employment opportunities in Indonesia beyond NGO work or teaching English. Indonesia is a very insular country, there are no global Indonesian companies to fly the flag abroad, no diaspora to speak of, and Indonesia’s diplomats tend not to be very outgoing…”
So says one (pretty problematic) reader response to a news report on the launch of Professor David Hill’s report Indonesian In Australian Universities.
Read the full news report (including a comment on problems attracting students to other Southeast Asian languages) at: http://blogs.ft.com/beyond-brics/2012/03/02/why-arent-students-learning-to-speak-indonesian/#axzz1q1iOTTht