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More public libraries needed to promote tolerance

  • Safirotu Khoir

Yogyakarta   /   Sat, February 15 2020   /  01:33 am
Reading pleasure: The National Library on Jl. Medan Merdeka Selatan in Central Jakarta provides reading space for the public. As in Australia, libraries can become meeting points for people from different backgrounds, hence promoting tolerance. (JP/Rafaela Chandra)(JP/Rafaela Chandra)

Reading pleasure: The National Library on Jl. Medan Merdeka Selatan in Central Jakarta provides reading space for the public. As in Australia, libraries can become meeting points for people from different backgrounds, hence promoting tolerance. (JP/Rafaela Chandra)In our multicultural cities where people from around Indonesia gather, such as Jakarta, we still sense considerable intolerance, as in last year’s presidential election and the earlier gubernatorial election. Similarly, Yogyakarta, known as a city of students from various regions of the country, surprisingly and sadly ranks 14th of the nation’s 34 provinces in Indonesia on the tolerance index issued last year by the Religious Affairs Ministry. For a place of education and intellectuals, this is deeply alarming.Intolerance also indicates, among other things, a failure of social inclusion. In a place like Yogyakarta, where pe...