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Indonesia Declares Optional Public Holiday For Chinese New Year

Source: Antara News Agency
Posted on Friday, January 19, 2001

Indonesia's State Secretary, Djohan Effendi, announced that Indonesia's President, Abdurrahman Wahid, had agreed to declare Chinese New Year (locally know as Imlek) to become a public holiday for the ethnic Chinese in Indonesia.

The decision is codified by release Decision Letter No13/2001 of Indonesia's Minister of Religious affairs.

In recent years, many have suggested making Chinese New Year a national public holiday, such as the Chairman of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR), Amien Rais, and the Minister of Religious Affairs, Tolchah Hasan.

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