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What’s with Jakarta’s New Governor’s Speech

16 October 2017No Comment

I try to not be negative about the newly sworn governor and vice governor of Jakarta.

We need to see their work and grow our trust.

Having said that.

It is a beautiful country where different kinds of race, religion, and tribe unite!One of the reasons Anies-Sandi won 58% of the people’s votes is so that they can ‘fix the current divisions’ in the society, said their voters.

In Anies’ first speech as the governor of Jakarta, he talked about how the ‘native Indonesians’ (‘pribumi’) has been opressed all this while and must take back the control of this country.

Wait, … what?

The word ‘Pribumi’ has always been understood as those who are NOT chinese.

So, who are these ‘natives’?

As an ‘academic’, he must have known what his chosen words meant.

Indonesia is NOT about a particular race or a particular religion.

It is a beautiful country where different kinds of race, religion, and tribe unite!

Or has he forgotten about the motto ‘Bhinneka Tunggal Ika’? (ie. Unity in Diversity)

If as the new governor and vice governor, you truly wish to bring the people together, then you must DISMISS groups and racist banners, including those which said ‘The rise of Muslim Natives’.

This country desperately needs words and actions that UNITE diversities from its leaders.

God, please have mercy on Jakarta and its people 🙏🏻

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