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Australia remains conducive for Muslims, especially Indonesian citizens, regardless of racial harassment incidents that befall a Muslim couple in a train in Sydney, Australia, a few days ago.
"(The conditions) are conducive between Indonesian citizens with Australians. But we still have to be vigilant and actively encourage Indonesian citizens to interact with the local community," said Consul General of Indonesia for Western Australia Ade Padmo Sarwono here on Saturday afternoon.
He continued, "By opening up, the citizens of Indonesia can offer a better understanding with the local people of Australia".
Indonesian citizens in Western Australia are estimated at 10,000 people, 7,000 of which were recorded to participate in the presidential election in 2014.
"(We) should be vigilant but not to worry too much," Ade Padmo asserted.
An incident of racial verbal attack against a Pakistani-born Muslim couple,Hafeez Ahmed Bhatti and his wife Khalida, sparks a warm conversation in the media after Stacey Eden tried to stop the harassment by a white woman against Khalida.
Stacey who witnessed the racial verbal abuse during 10 minutes chose to intervene and to stop it by stressing, "If you can not say anything good, you better shut up".
Stacey recorded the incident and later uploaded the video to Facebook.
"Verbal attacks on Muslim women who wear hijab is nothing new. It started after 9/11 and have seen different phases in which the frequency has declined or increased. But since ISIS and foreign fighters have attracted attention, there appears to be an increase in the frequency of such attacks," says Samina Yasmeen, Director of the Centre for Muslim States and Societies (CMSS) at the University of Western Australia (UWA).
Professor of Political Science and International Relations at UWA, born in Pakistan, continued, "People with limited knowledge of the diversity in Islam tend to equate Muslims of all kinds with militancy. So this finds expression in tirades of the kind seen in the train video."
However, the action of Stacey Eden who tried to stop the racism, according to Samina, demonstrates that the Australian youth are more accepting of differences with the notion of SARA (tribe, religion and race) related and will help whenever necessary.
"It would be good for Muslims to know that not all Non-Muslims are against them, and this could be one of the pillars to build a better understanding at local and global levels," she concluded.
Translation of the article by Ella Syafputri, published in ANTARA: http://www.antaranews.com/berita/491519/australia-tetap-kondusif-bagi-muslim . Ella Syafputri recently joined UWA as a Ph.D candidate on Endeavour Scholarship.
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