Attempts to have local religions in Kalimantan recognised by the government.
On 6th December representatives of the Kaharingan religion in Kalimantan (Borneo) visited the Department of Religion offices in Jakarta hoping to have their faith formally recognised by the state.
One of the petitioners, Arton S. Ndorong, said:
We want to get the same services that those of other faiths get.
Presumably he meant having the births, marriages and identity cards (KTP) of Kaharingan people recorded with the correct religion. Currently Kaharingan people are regarded as Hindu by the government and previous attempts to have animism as a category on identity cards have recently failed.
Arton said regional governments in Kalimantan did not restrict the activities of Kaharingan followers but that he wished the national government would give its recognition.
Arton and his band of 14 men were accompanied by figures from the Partai Demokrasi Indonesia Perjuangan (PDI-P), one of whom, Agung Sasongko, said:
The constitution guarantees religious freedom.
View this article in an Indonesian translation - Agama Dayak.