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Jakarta Post

Jokowi has solid footing, but tide changing in Kalimantan

  • Ghina Ghaliya and N. Adri

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta and Balikpapan   /   Thu, April 11, 2019   /  03:34 pm
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The pointer marks Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of Borneo Island. (JP/-)

Resource-rich Kalimantan is among the most diverse regions in the country. With a direct border with Malaysia in the north, the Indonesian part of Borneo Island hosts communities of multiple races, ethnicities and religions. The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) and the Golkar Party have traditionally dominated Kalimantan, resulting in the victory of PDI-P member Joko “Jokowi” Widodo as president and Jusuf Kalla as vice president in 2014. But the conservative 212 movement, which created a string of sectarian rallies to prosecute former Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, sent ripples across Kalimantan, which is seeing a change in its political landscape. In the aftermath of the 212 rally, harmony in West Kalimantan was disrupted when a cleric of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), Tengku Zulkarnain, who had openly supported the sectarian protest, w...