posted on May, 8 2012 @ 12:06 PM
Indonesia is the largest democratic Muslim country in the world, and there is a general freedom to express political viewpoints of all kinds. But ask
around and what you will often hear from people on the street is that there is too much democracy, and sometimes a longing for the old days under the
dictatorship of Suharto.
It is democracy in the extreme here. There is no infrastructure development, because no elected official can look past their short elected terms.
There is no progress on reforms, or laws, because every official seeks to maintain the sharp rhetoric that had them voted into off in the first place,
and have no incentive to compromise.
And then there is Aceh province. Aceh is a semi-autonomous province that is extremely Muslim. In most places in Indonesia, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist,
and Christian, live side by side in relative accord, but Aceh has democratically voted themselves into a repressive semi-theocracy.
It is there you will find the mullahs patrolling the streets, and a strong and often hostile xenophobia towards other belief systems. Not, however,
imposed on them by any religious authority, but chosen through free and open elections.
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