Taoists are clamouring to have their religion recognised by the government.
In early March Taosu Agung Kusumo, a leader of Tao/Taoisme Indonesia (Majelis Tao Indonesia), paid a visit to leaders of the Partai Damai Sejahtera (PDS), a Christian party whose main platform is freedom of religion, to ask the PDS for assistance in having Taoism recognised by the state.
Taosu Agung Kusumo
Taosu Agung said at the moment Taoists in Indonesia, of whom he claimed there were millions, called themselves Buddhists for official purposes, like on their KTP/identity cards, but this was no good:
Buddhism and Taoism are fundamentally different.
Carol Daniel Kadang of the PDS agreed to help the Taoists, because until now they had been disenfranchised, with no-one to represent them, and particularly because there were about 5 million Taoist voters in the country.
PDS election banner on theme of freedom of religion.