Retired General and presidential hopeful, Prabowo Subianto sent a clear message to the electorate that his election would signal a dramatic change in attitudes toward pluralism. He noted the military followed multicultural practices and pointed out his nation had a long tradition of multiculturalism including having its national anthem composed by a Catholic. The leader of the Greater Indonesia Movement Party (Gerinda) said Indonesians were all “destined to be brothers and sisters” and that creation of a pluralistic society was his goal for the country. “My mother is a Christian and among my family there are Chinese and Western members.”
General Subianto is a long shot and it is doubtful if he will come close to securing the presidency, but the fact an important leader is advocating an open pluralistic society in which all can practice their religion in peace and security is an important message.