Chinese Indonesian candidates campaign on diversity, unity

Mr Hardiyanto Kenneth, who is running in next month's legislative elections, says ideas, transparency and fairness will outweigh race and religion at the polls.
Mr Hardiyanto Kenneth, who is running in next month's legislative elections, says ideas, transparency and fairness will outweigh race and religion at the polls.PHOTO: COURTESY OF HARDIYANTO KENNETH

Intolerance has been on the rise in recent years and identity politics is rearing its ugly head, but the young Chinese Indonesian candidates taking part in next month's legislative elections are unfazed.

They believe it is their ideas - not their race - that matter most to voters in the April 17 polls, especially at a time when anxieties over job opportunities and cost of living are on the rise.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 21, 2019, with the headline 'Chinese Indonesian candidates campaign on diversity, unity'. Print Edition | Subscribe