Glitz, wilderness and dirty hands: Indonesia’s top three contradictions

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A sign in a public restroom reminds patrons not to wash their feet in the toillet

A sign in a Jakarta public restroom reminds patrons not to wash their feet in the toilet

Indonesia is a unique country of contradictions and contrasts — a place with extremes and seemingly no middle ground. Some clashes result from a mix of cultures trying to negotiate as one nation others from endemic corruption and poor policy. Though examples of these dichotomies seem endless, three stand out as the most overarching or emblematic. In my view, these are Indonesia’s top three contradictions…

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