Author: Elizabeth Soelistio

INDONESIA: Jakarta Governor Gets in Quran Spat With Muslim Extremists

ELIZABETH SOELISTIO WRITES – The governor of Jakarta has once again caught the attention of the Indonesian media and public with his feisty and straightforward personality.   In late October, Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama encouraged Thousand Island residents to vote for whomever leader they choose, regardless of their religious affiliation. He said people have been lied to by religious leaders who bastardize verses from the Quran to justify boycotting non-Muslim candidates.   “You do not need to feel uneasy if you cannot vote for me because you are afraid of being condemned to hell,” Ahok said. “It is alright.”...

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INDONESIA: AN AMNESTY PITCH THAT TAXES ALL UNDERSTANDING!

ELIZABETH SOELISTIO WRITES – Whether it’s Indonesians living outside the country or foreigners in it, everyone’s supposed to follow the laws where they live. Seems simple, but things got confusing recently when the government said residents of Indonesia and its citizens abroad must both pay Indonesian taxes. In July, Parliament approved a tax amnesty that, as reported by the Jakarta Globe, provides a free pass for people to declare past, undeclared income without prosecution. To participate, taxpayers must register with the government and submit paperwork to their local tax office before paying a fine (rates based on the time they...

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