Indonesia's failure to win any titles at the recent world championships in Hyderabad, India, in stark contrast to the Chinese squad's formidable performance, has rung an alarm bell about more poor showings still to come.
Taufik Hidayat and the team returned home empty-handed, while China took four of the five titles up for grabs - three of them in all-Chinese finals. Denmark took one title to prevent the whitewash.
Taufik, who quit the national training camp in January to play independently, already looks a shadow of his winning self in 2005.
Sony Dwi Kuncoro chalked up a shock defeat over world No. 1 and top seed Lee Chong Wei, but at the end was not good enough.
Nova Widianto and Liliyana Natsir, coming to Hyderabad as the defending mixed doubles champions, slugged their way to the final only to be stopped by the underdog Danes.
Despite the debacle, the Badminton Association of Indonesia (PBSI) remains upbeat.