Prejudice at the Polling Booth
When 121 million Indonesians went to the polls to vote in the country's first direct presidential elections in 2004, Wahyu Adi Nugroho was not among them. It was not apathy that kept him away. It was 15 kilograms of steel and rubber. Nugroho, 35, is from Pundong in Bantul, Yogyakarta. He used to use a wheelchair, and he could not vote because his local…
Two visitors arrived at the in-patient care section on the fifth floor of Mayapada Hospital at Lebak Bulus, South Jakarta, last week. A former minister of education and culture, Anies Baswedan, was a patient there since the previous day, recovering from a virus infection. Visiting officials, from the ministry Anies left last August, had just left the room.