Jakarta's former Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama is seen inside a court during his trial for blasphemy in Jakarta. Antara Foto, Sigid Kurniawan, via Reuters

Bachtiar Nasir, the leader of an activist Islamist group in Indonesia, has announced plans for a campaign targeting economic inequality and foreign investment, singling out Chinese Indonesians, reports Reuters.

“It seems they do not become more generous, more fair”, the cleric was quoted as saying in reference to ethnic Chinese. “That’s the biggest problem.”

Nasir added that “ethnic sentiment cannot be denied…The key is justice, and taking sides,” he said. “Justice can be applied if there is a preferential option for indigenous Indonesians from a regulation aspect and in terms of access to capital.”

Nasir’s group, the National Movement to Safeguard the Fatwas of the Indonesian Ulemas Council (GNPF-MUI), has broad influence as an umbrella organization for various national Islamist organizations and maintains strong links with mosques and religious schools.

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