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Indonesia fixes misspelling of one of its oldest religions

  • Dyaning Pangestika and Apriadi Gunawan 

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta and Medan   /   Fri, March 29, 2019   /  09:30 am
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After decades, the government has rectified its mistake, correcting the local spelling for Buddhism on ID cards.(Shutterstock/Therd Oval)

After decades, the government has corrected a misspelling of Buddhism, which was previously spelled as "Budha" on identity cards (KTPs) instead of the correct Indonesian spelling of "Buddha". Buddhism is acknowledged as one of the six official religions in the country. All citizens are required to formally adopt one religion, as ID cards require the mention of one. The Home Ministry issued on Feb. 6 a letter to announce that its Civil Registry and Population Agency had made the correction. The vice chairman of the Council of Buddhist Communities (Walubi), Jandi Mukianto, told The Jakarta Post that the Buddhist community had for a long time requested that the government fix the spelling. In its most recent attempt on Dec. 2017, Jandi sent a letter to the Civil Registry and Population Agency and the Religious Affairs Ministry to ask that the change be...