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Jakarta Post

Lawmakers insult Shia at House

  • Margareth S. Aritonang and Wahyoe Boediwardhana

    The Jakarta Post

JAKARTA/SAMPANG, EAST JAVA   /   Fri, November 23 2012   /  11:17 am

Members of the beleaguered minority Shiite Muslim community of Sampang, Madura, were shocked on Thursday when House lawmakers answered their requests for aid with ethnic slurs and indifference.
The Shia, who have been living in a refugee camp after majority Sunnis burned their houses and killed two in August, were at the House to ask lawmakers to allow them to return home after the local government announced it would stop giving the refugees food and water.

“We don’t know how long we can survive there [in the camp]. We are told that we have a government, but we never feel the love of the government,” Shiite leader Iklil Al Milal told lawmakers on Commission VIII overseeing religious and social affairs.

Iklil said that the 176 Shiites in the camp have used their own money for the past two days to buy food and water.

“An officer from the Sampang Disaster Ma...