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Jakarta Post

The return of Chinese-Indonesians

  • Ika Krismantari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, May 12 2012   /  10:26 am

Alvin Lie, also known as Lie Ling Po, was a businessman and a lecturer before being elected as a member of the House of Representatives from 1999 to 2009 as a member of the National Mandate Party (PAN).

The 51-year-old said that he decided to get involved in politics because he wanted to participate in solving problems at the grassroots level. His previous position as a businessman might have given him the chance to see real problems facing society, but it did not give him much of an opportunity to
take action.

“I cannot just stand on the sidelines. I want to participate in improving the condition of this country,” the man, who became political specialist, said of his reasons for entering politics.

Once left out of the country’s political constellation, now Chinese-Indonesians are venturing back into the political arena with various causes.

The chan...