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Jakarta Post

A historical, contemporary record of SBKRI

  • Kurniawan Hari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, October 19 2008   /  11:02 am

Tionghoa Dalam Cengkeraman SBKRI
Wahyu Effendi & Prasetyadji
148 pp
If there is a decades-old issue which still casts a chilling effect on most Indonesians of Chinese descent (Indonesian-Chinese) it is SBKRI. In Indonesian, SBKRI stands for Surat Bukti Kewarganegaraan Republik Indonesia which means a certificate of Indonesian citizenship. Every Indonesian born from a Chinese couple needs to produce this certificate when they are 18 years old. As a document, SBKRI is not so special. It simply looks like a passport. But the problem surrounding the issue is not no simple -- it isn't just a matter of having a legal document as it is clear evidence of existing discrimination against Indonesian-Chinese in this country. While other Indonesian citizens do not need to register to obtain this certificate, Indones...