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Jakarta Post

Editorial: Why only race and ethnicity?

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Fri, November 7 2008   /  10:58 am

U.S. voters made a historic decision Tuesday when they opted to vote in Barack Obama, an American with a black father and white mother, as their 44th president. And just one week ago, Indonesia also made an unprecedented decision in ensuring that Indonesia allows any of its citizens to become president regardless of their race and ethnic background. The new decision means that a Papuan or a Balinese, or an Indonesian of Chinese descent, has the full right and freedom to run in -- and win -- next year's presidential election, thanks to the decision of the House of Representatives (DPR) last Tuesday to pass the Bill on the Elimination of Race and Ethnic Discrimination into law. It seems that the House wants to give the nation a nice gift for the 80th commemoration of the Youth Pledge Day. At a glance this decision shows very encouraging progress in our war against discrimi...