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Jakarta Post

Tolerance treads peaceful path around ‘Benteng Chinese’ community

  • Budi Sutrisno

    The Jakarta Post

Tangerang   /   Thu, November 7, 2019   /  12:45 pm
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The Benteng Chinese Museum in Pasar Lama, Tangerang, Banten. The community of Indonesians of Chinese descent have lived in harmony with Betawi and Sundanese people in the area since the 15th century.(JP/Wienda Parwitasari)

An afternoon view of the old boats lining the banks of the Cisadane River in Tangerang, Banten, where dozens of young kids often have an after-school swim, has become a daily routine for Renni Eddi Liem, 60, a local ferryman. In recent years, Eddi has been busy helping residents living nearby on Jl. Kalipasir Indah to cross the river, which earns him barely enough to make ends meet for his family, let alone pay for the heart disease treatment he went through in late September. “My heart ached a lot and my breath was heavy. It might be because of the work I had done in my younger days, melting wax and sometimes lifting big candles. Fortunately, friends came to cover the X-ray procedure I needed,” he told The Jakarta Post recently. “I am just grateful that my fellow neighbors here from different backgrounds and social statuses can walk together hand in ...