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Defying Stigmas

Azmi Abubakar will never forget the ethnic violence during the May 1998 riots in Jakarta.

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Azmi Abubakar

Azmi Abubakar will never forget the ethnic violence during the May 1998 riots in Jakarta. At the time, he was a college student and an activist. He witnessed many tragedies experienced by the ethnic Chinese in the capital. He says the nation committed a “historical sin” in that period of time. Therefore, he wished to remind the nation of the contributions made by Chinese-Indonesians by establishing the Chinese Peranakan Library Museum.

“In 1998, I was involved with the student movement. I saw people looting and taking other people’s belonging. My friends and I were guarding places in and around Serpong to prevent further chaos. I am saddened by what I saw,” said Azmi, the museum’s owner and manager, in an interview in BSD City, South Tangerang, recently.

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