Mr Kalla says investors in Indonesia need stability rather than democracy. [File photo] (AFP: Toru Yamanaka)
Indonesia's Vice-President Jusuf Kalla says stability is more important to Indonesia than democracy.
He has gently chided visiting politicians who compliment his country on its progress in moving back to democracy.
The Vice-President says he is always thankful to hear compliments about Indonesia's strides forward in democracy, but not when those giving the compliments hopped on a plane and went to Beijing with their investment dollars.
"I mean, what you look you needed, democracy or stability?"
"I think you need stability, not democracy," he said.
Speaking to the Jakarta Foreign Correspondents Club, Mr Kalla said if Indonesia had democracy without stability investors would leave the country.