A Chinese community association has praised the Indonesian government for removing several discriminatory regulations against Indonesians of Chinese descent, according to The Jakarta Post Online report on Monday.
Chinese-Indonesian Social Association's national meeting chairman Gunadi Sindhuwinata said that Chinese-Indonesian had been treated unequally and treated as non-native under the previous discriminatory regulations.
However, he said that Chinese-Indonesians are now being treated relatively equally in all aspects of life, not just economic aspect as it was the case previously.
I thank the government for having provided more room to us. There has been no more discrimination. Previously, we only could advance in the economic field but now we have expanded our activities in all fields legislative, judicial and executive.
We want to courage (Chinese Indonesian) to continue contributing to this country, Gunadi told The Jakarta Post.
Gunadi was speaking on the sidelines of the 18th PSMTI national meeting which coincided with the 8th Asean Chinese Clans Conference in Batam on Sunday.
About 1,200 participants and representatives of 70 Chinese clans in the country attended the meeting.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)