The motto of the Indonesian Republic is ‘unity in diversity’. This emphasizes the fact that Indonesia is a country of contrasts. People hold many different attitudes and beliefs as a result of the many languages, geographical differences, various religious and local customs. The peoples of Indonesia are at different stages of development; the Dyaks of Kalimantan and Irianese on the island of New Guinea are still very primitive, while people on Java are starting to use computers. The Indonesian government has always been troubled by ‘diversity’—a problem faced by many other Asian nations.
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