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    Friday, February 7, 2014

    SBY Supports Formation of Directorate General of the Confucian in MoRA

    Tobapos -- President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono stated that the national Lunar Chinese New Year celebrations, which have been going on for 15 years, showed progress in achieving tolerance.

    "We should be grateful that the celebration of the Lunar was secure, peaceful and full of splendor. The Lunar was greeted with joy and had participation from people of various ethnic groups," stated the President while attending the National Lunar Chinese New Year Celebration at Jakarta Convention Center on Friday.

    The President pointed out that since the lifting of the Presidential Instruction No. XIV of 1967 by President Abdurrahman Wahid, the Chinese have been able to celebrate the Lunar and their civil rights have been restored.

    Yudhoyono hoped it will continue to grow and become part of the development of religious communities in Indonesia.

    "It also embodies the powerful unity between ethnic groups and the respect to the differences between the cultures. Our fraternity as a nation should not be disturbed and divided by differences of ethnicity and religions," he noted.

    On the occasion, the President also expressed his support of the Supreme Council for Confucian Religion's (Matakin's) proposal to appoint a Directorate General of the Confucian Religion, to the Ministry of Religion (MoRA).

    The National Lunar Celebration was also attended by Vice President Boediono, Vice Governor of Jakarta Tjahaja Basuki Purnama, First Lady Ani Yudhoyono, Herawati Boediono, the ministers of United Indonesia Cabinet and the Chinese leaders and community. (ant/adm)

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