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Jakarta Post

Most Indonesians concerned about national unity

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, September 14 2008   /  10:01 am

National unity remains a cause for concern here in Indonesia, despite 63 years of existence as a nation state, a survey finds. The special poll, conducted by Roy Morgan Research in the top 16 provinces in Indonesia in July, revealed that 66 percent of 2,031 respondents saw "the breaking up of Indonesia's unity" as something they feared might happen, while 27 percent went even further to say that this was what they feared most. Besides national disintegration, 55 percent of respondents feared "another country provoking tension between different groups in Indonesia", 52 percent were afraid of "breakdown of law and order or social harmony in Indonesia", and 51 percent were anxious that there could be "terrorist attacks". Fear of "breakup of Indonesia's unity" is shared by all groups. There is no difference between age,...