Hosts in our own land

Kompas – October 18, 2017
Hosts in our own land

Having pledged to put aside the religious and ethnic divisions which paved the way for his victory in the Jakarta elections, newly inaugurated Jakarta Governor Anies Baswaden (left, Deputy Governor Sandiaga Uno on right) has instead began his term by triggering a storm of criticism after declaring in a speech that it was time for pribumi (indigenous Indonesians) ‘to be the hosts in our own land’ – a thinly veiled attack on Indonesia’s ethnic Chinese Christian minority which hardline Islamic groups like to portray as prospering at the expense of ‘poor’ and God fearing Muslims.