Jakarta. Vice President Jusuf Kalla said that peace is a requisite for progress and prosperity, as he praised North Sulawesi for preserving interreligious harmony during a visit to the province's capital, Manado, on Sunday (23/04).
"No country can progress without peace. Peace means respect for one another, living in harmony, respecting each other's beliefs the best we can. Every religion has the same purpose, and that is kindness. No religion calls for harm," Kalla said, as quoted by state news agency Antara.
Kalla's words came after a long gubernatorial election campaign in Jakarta, which was informed by heightened racial and religious tensions.
Anies Baswedan and his running mate Sandiaga Uno have declared victory, after quick count results indicated they won a majority of the vote in the runoff poll on April 19.
Anies's rival, incumbent Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, throughout the campaign was subject to attacks pertaining to his minority status as an ethnic Chinese and Christian.
The campaign made many wonder whether Indonesia will be able to uphold the promise behind its national motto, Bhinneka Tunggal Ika (unity in diversity).