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Jakarta Post

A time for healing

  • HS Dillon

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 23 2019   /  01:31 am

Now that the elections are over, both camps should bear equal responsibility for reuniting the polarized populace. During the seven-month-long campaign we appeared to have forsaken our values and exhibited no qualms about spreading hoaxes and inciting hatred. Brethren became enemies; Indonesia a nation torn. One camp extolled virtues of their candidate’s leadership, despite the unaddressed current account deficit and our lagging far behind in matters of major substance — including the very quality of our people. The other camp stood in stark denial of the number of steps being taken to redress historical inequalities, highlighting instead the indebtedness incurred and the improper sequence of placing roads ahead of people. Now is the time for us to leave such acrimony behind — no point in debating right and wrong, let us instead focus on initiating the healing process. The wounding...