Dear Read­ers,

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It only takes a cur­sory glance around the malls in In­done­sia’s ma­jor cities to re­alise that, rightly or wrongly, Christ­mas is al­ready upon us. Those who en­joy and cel­e­brate Christ­mas will be pleased that the fes­tive sea­son has started, while those who are less en­thu­si­as­tic will be putting off their ac­knowl­edg­ment and in­volve­ment un­til the last pos­si­ble minute. Which­ever cat­e­gory you fall in to, there is no deny­ing that the world’s largest Mus­lim na­tion has de­cided that the fes­tiv­i­ties must be­gin and Christ­mas trees and fes­tive dec­o­ra­tions adorn al­most all of the re­tail and food and bev­er­age out­lets in the coun­try’s ma­jor cities. While some parts of the world ar­gue about the ap­pro­pri­ate­ness of terms like “Merry Christ­mas”, In­done­sia em­braces the fes­tive sea­son and cel­e­brates with­out prej­u­dice, un­der­lin­ing the coun­try’s motto Bhin­neka Tung­gal Ika, lit­er­ally mean­ing “out of many, one”, but gen­er­ally trans­lated as “Unity in Di­ver­sity”. In the same way non-Mus­lims ac­cept and re­spect Ra­mad­han in In­done­sia, non- Chris­tians ac­cept and re­spect Christ­mas. This is one of the many things that make In­done­sia such a won­der­ful place to live for peo­ple of all races and re­li­gions. Many coun­tries could learn from In­done­sia’s ex­am­ple of tol­er­ance and ac­cep­tance.

Within these pages you will find an eclec­tic mix of sto­ries and in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing a look at some of In­done­sia’s most con­tro­ver­sial con­vic­tions and the lat­est ad­vice on visas for in­vestors wish­ing to stay in In­done­sia.

Happy reading!

Un­til next time,

Edo Frese

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