Prabowo Subianto at a campaign rally in Bogor, West Java province. Photo: Reuters

‘Let’s copy Malaysia’: fake news stokes fears for Chinese Indonesians

  • Indonesia is seeing a surfeit of hoaxes and fearmongering on social media over rising levels of Chinese investment and an influx of its workers
  • The hostility is causing anxiety among Chinese-Indonesians, and sparking fears presidential hopeful Prabowo Subianto could succumb to the opportunity to stoke the fire of ethnic tensions during the polls
Topic |   Indonesia

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Prabowo Subianto at a campaign rally in Bogor, West Java province. Photo: Reuters
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Indonesians at a campaign rally on the resort island of Bali on March 26. Photo: AFP
Dewi Fortuna Anwar
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Dewi Fortuna Anwar

Indonesia election: Widodo has courted Chinese cash. He’s about to find out the cost

  • Critics accuse President Joko Widodo of not protecting the country’s national interests in his drive to attract foreign investment from Beijing
  • Amid an increasingly charged political climate, anti-Chinese sentiment could be manipulated for political purposes, as it has been in the past

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Indonesians at a campaign rally on the resort island of Bali on March 26. Photo: AFP
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