Indonesia’s Politicians: Is Ruhut Racist?

By N Mark CastroPicture1

Controversial politician and Democratic Party spokesman Ruhut Sitompul is once again under the spotlight for publicly berating political analyst Boni Hargens with racial slurs.

According to the Jakarta Globe post:

Boni reported Ruhut to the Jakarta Police for racism over a comment Ruhut made in a national TV program on Dec. 5, 2013.

“Let me ask, what color is the Lapindo mud? It’s black, right? So that’s it, Boni Hargens’s skin is black,” Ruhut said of Boni, who is from Manggarai, Flores.

He was not reprimanded for his statements and, despite public clamor, has refused to apologize for his statements.

Another controversy that has hounded Ruhut was his continued violation of House ethics by refusing to acknowledge his own son and by claiming that he never married the child’s mother and that they had only lived together, as claimed by Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) politician Desmond J. Mahesa.

Normally, political statements made are of, well, political in nature, but Ruhut makes it so easy for everyone else to target him largely because of his own actions and own statements.

It’s a beautiful circus that only becomes tragic when lives of other people are shattered.

So is Ruhut a racist person?

For refusing to aid and acknowledge his son, no.

He’s just an asshole.

About Asmartrock

N. Mark Castro is the chief political communications strategist for PT AsiaLeads, a political and communications policy-making body based in Jakarta, Indonesia. He is also the Executive Director at the Southeast Asia Consulting Group, an investment advisory company assisting clients roll out their presence for the ASEAN Economic Integration in partnership with government. The views posted here are his own and do not in any way reflect the views of the companies he represents.

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