Candidate Anies Baswedan, who not too long ago held a dialogue session with the Chinese neighborhood in Jakarta’s Chinatown, mentioned: “In each election, there are certain to be completely different selections and these completely different selections will certainly be related as a type of polarisation.
“After the election is over, everyone seems to be an Indonesian citizen who has the identical proper to obtain companies from the state (and) to get alternatives from the state. Therefore, after the election is over, the elected president must embrace everybody (and) work along with everybody.”
In 2017, Mr Anies had allegedly used identification politics to win the Jakarta gubernatorial election in opposition to incumbent Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, also referred to as Ahok, who’s a Christian and Chinese Indonesian.
Identity politics might not be prevalent on this yr’s contest as a result of all three pairs of candidates are supported by figures who’ve good Islamic credentials, in accordance with political observers.
“There are not any sure detrimental Islamic-related points that may be directed in the direction of every of those candidates,” Indonesian Survey Institute govt director Djayadi Hanan instructed CNA.
“So it’s tough to make use of identification politics to pinpoint if someone is in opposition to Islam or not, or to say that you’re the one candidate combating for Islam.”