Posted by: mel | February 1, 2009

Indonesian president calls on Chinese ethnic to make efforts for country’s development

JAKARTA, Feb. 1 (Xinhua) — Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said here Sunday that his government opposes any kind of discrimination and hoped the Indonesian Chinese united with other ethnics to make efforts for economic development and political stability of the country.

The president made the remarks when attending a grand celebration of the Chinese New Year. He said the Chinese community in Indonesia has enjoyed the same rights with other ethnics in the country since it entered the reform period in 2000. “The Indonesian Chinese is a member of the big family of the Republic of Indonesia,” he stressed.

“The Indonesian Chinese and other ethnics should unite and make contributions in dealing with the current economic crisis,” he added.

Accompanied by a number of cabinet ministers and senior officials, the president arrived at the Jakarta Convention Center, Central Jakarta at 14:00 local time and were welcomed by more than 8,000 people.

This is the 10th time that a national celebration was held during the Chinese New Year in Indonesia since former President Abdurrahman Wahid restored the equal legal rights of the Chinese in the country in 2000.

During the celebration, dances and songs with distinctive national features were played by local literature and art organizations.

Editor: Fang Yang

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