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Anies must provide equal treatment for all

  • Sylvie Tanaga
    Sylvie Tanaga

    A Chinese-Indonesian, is a lecturer in media and intercultural communication at the Communication Department, University of Indonesia

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Jakarta   /   Wed, November 1, 2017   /  08:18 am
Anies must provide equal treatment for all Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan greets students from SDN 04 Pagi, Cawang during a visit on Oct. 18, 2017. (JP/Bangkit Jaya Putra)

“We, the pribumi [indigenous people] have been conquered before. Now we have become independent. It’s time for us to be the hosts in our own land.” The phenomenal speech by Anies Baswedan at his inauguration as Jakarta governor on Oct. 16 quickly went viral and caused controversy. He seemed ignorant of historical and scientific research by the Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology that all Indonesians are actually immigrants. But he denied he had said anything racist, saying his speech should be seen in the context of colonial history. Some analysts said this speech was designed to smooth the pace toward his campaign for president in 2019. Whatever the motivation, we have seen the domino or spiral effect in the very short term. The Gerakan Bangga Pribumi (Proud of Indigenous Peoples) march for example, on Oct. 22, highlighted the dichotomy between pribumi and...

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