…that one day Unspun‘s country will have a leader who, like President Susilo Bambang Yudhono, will be able to stand before the people and say that there is no longer any difference between Pribumis and non-Pribumis in his country.
As quoted in Media Indonesia today, President SBY told a gathering commemorating the 50th anniversary of the cooperation between Indonesia and China that all races in the country now enjoyed equality because IOndonesian society was now progressively more open and cohesive.
Long-time observers of Indonesia will know that in the past Indonesia has seem much racial strive between the Pribumis and the Chinese as th latter were denied citizen rights, even though they were the fourth generation or more to be born in Indonesia.
Recently, however, there have been legislative changes an, more importantly, attitudinal changes resulting in Indonesian Chinese enjoying a level of equality that their counterparts in other countries can only dream of (even in corruption – everyone is hit equally).
Bestowing equality among citizens of different ethnic origins is one thing that the Indonesians and President SBY should be given full credit for.