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Governor revives colonial racism despite reforms

Utrecht, The Netherlands   /   Fri, November 3, 2017   /  10:39 am
Governor revives colonial racism despite reforms Congregation members of Tri Dharma Temple burn prayer papers as a symbol of gratitude in a ritual called “pao oen” at Tien Kok Sie Temple in Pasar Gede, Surakarta, Central Java, on Jan. 15. (JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi)

Governor Anies Baswedan triggered controversy with his inaugural speech by using the term pribumi (indigenous Indonesians). The term, together with non-pribumi, is explicitly prohibited in government activities and policy in a 1998 presidential instruction issued by then-president BJ Habibie, following the deadly May 1998 riots, which included the rape and murder of Chinese-Indonesians and burning of their property. This act obligates officials to refrain from using the term in order to ensure equal treatment and eradicate racial discrimination in Indonesia. Furthermore, this act also strongly mandates officials to provide fair and equal access to public services. The term pribumi has been abused to restrict ethnic minorities’ access to business permits, financial institutions, civil registration, education, health care, employment, salary and other rights. Anies also said...

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