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Jakarta Post

Better late than never

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Fri, February 14 2020   /  01:27 am

Recent events in Jakarta, Sumatra and Sulawesi show that religious harmony in this pluralist nation remains fragile, after successive leaders of the country have failed to do enough to address the issue of intolerance.Only recently did President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo order his coordinating political, legal and security affairs minister and the National Police chief to take action against those who violate other people’s rights to worship. Jokowi insisted that freedom of religion must be protected, as mandated by the Constitution, and that acts of intolerance must cease.Jokowi was referring to protests against the renovation of a Catholic church in Tanjung Balai Karimun in the predominantly Muslim Riau Islands province and an attack on a mosque in the predominantly Christian town of North Minahasa in North Sulawesi. Such acts of intolerance often go unaddressed as nobody in power has...