Vice President Jusuf Kalla Tuesday dismissed concerns a reputation for moderate Islam had been damaged in Indonesia after Basuki Tjahaja Purnama was defeated in a religiously charged election.
In an interview with AFP, Jusuf Kalla insisted religion was only one factor in last week's run-off between governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama and a Muslim former government minister.
Ahok, Jakarta's first non-Muslim governor for half a century, was favourite to win until claims he insulted Islam sparked mass protests and led to him being put on trial for blasphemy in a case viewed as politically motivated.
The vote was seen as a test of whether the moderate Islam traditionally practised in Indonesia was under threat from hardliners, who led the protests against Ahok, also Jakarta's first ethnic Chinese leader.
But Jusuf Kalla dismissed fears Indonesia's pluralistic traditions were being eroded, and that radical groups were set to become increasingly influential.
"Indonesia will stay moderate," he told AFP. "Religion is influential, yes -- but that it is not the only thing (in this election)."
Jusuf Kalla, 74, conceded the vote was polarising, saying even his own house was divided over who should win. But he said Ahok, known for his often abrasive style, had lost more because of his "attitude".
"Of course there is the religion factor but if his attitude (was good) I think he could have won," he said. "We don't like a leader like that."
Ahok was popular for making progress in cleaning up Jakarta but often got into trouble for his hot temper and being outspoken.
The blasphemy allegations stemmed from a speech last year in which he said his rivals were tricking people into voting against him by using a Koranic verse, which some interpret as meaning Muslims should only choose Muslim leaders.
Ahok will finish his term leading Jakarta in October, when Muslim rival Anies Baswedan will take charge of the teeming metropolis of 10 million.
Following the poll defeat, he may avoid jail after prosecutors in his blasphemy trial recommended only two years probation. A verdict will be handed down on May 9.
Jusuf Kalla also dismissed speculation that Ahok could be appointed a minister by his ally President Joko Widodo after losing the Jakarta governorship.
"It is completely unethical if Ahok is sentenced and is then promoted to become a minister," he said.
Prosecutors filed no reply as Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama finished reading his defense statement in blasphemy trial today. The panel of judges postponed the verdict hearing until May 9, 2017.
"In accordance with the schedule, the verdict will be made on Tuesday, May 9. Therefore, it is instructed for the defendant to attend the session," said the Chief Judge Dwiarso Budi Santiarto before closing the trial at the Agricultural Ministry's auditorium in South Jakarta.
During the trial, Ahok insisted he never intended to taint Islam. This is line with the prosecutor's claim that does not impose Article 156a, instead of Article 156 related to a statement that expresses hostility, hatred, or humiliation to a or some groups of Indonesian people. However, Ahok also denied giving a statement of hatred.
In his plea titled "Keep Serving Amidst Slander", he mentioned that his speech was turned into a dispute only after Buni Yani's post in a social media on October 9, 2016, leading into a series of protest waves.
Ahok mentioned that he was also intervened in various ways so that people believe that he really tainted a religion although he insisted he never did.
"Because, before Buni Yani's post which excluded the word 'using', even though added with any comments, there was no reaction, comment, or commotion. So, still over the speech by BTP (Basuki Tjahaja Purnama) on September 27, 2016 in the Thousand Islands District, certain groups of people reacted and were angered. This was continued by demonstration just solely because Buni Yani posted the footage on his YouTube account regardless of any political motive behind the protest caused by Buni Yani. Thus, Buni Yani's post was used as an entrance to create another protest and pressure," said one of the Ahok's lawyer team, I Wayan Sudirta, in a plea prepared by advocate team.
Prosecutors called for one year imprisonment with a probation of two years if Ahokis proven to have violated the laws are regulated in Article 156 of the Criminal Code.
After Anies Baswedan and Sandiaga Uno won the quick count of Jakarta Gubernatorial election, President Joko Widodo is reported to plan another cabinet reshuffle soon. Rumor has it that the president wants to keep Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama close by making him on of the cabinet's minister.
Jokowi firstly mentioned his intention to reshuffle his cabinet during Indonesian Ulema Council's (MUI) Economics Congress in Jakarta last Saturday. The president mentioned that if a minister cannot reach the target he has set, he would replace him or her in the near future. He also added that he already knows who he would replace and who can keep their jobs.
Vice President Jusuf Kalla in response to the report chose to wait for the president’s final decision. “Reshuffling is the president’s prerogrative right,” he said. “Reshuffling or not, it depends on his assessment.”
One of the current administration's coalition parties, Golkar, also puts the decision on the president’s hands. “Reshuffle is the president’s prerogative right. Whoever he thinks would be the best to help him conducting state duties, us, from Golkar, we are ready to help,” said Golkar executive Yorrys Raweyai to reporters.
The Minister of Law and Human Rights Yasonna Laoly, in response to the rumour, stated that all ministers have to be ready for evaluation.
“Reshuffle is fully the president’s authority, it’s constitutional. Evaluations should be run,” said Yasonna to reporters. ”If not, people would stay on their comfort zone. [Evaluation] is a must so there would be targets that make the ministers work as well as they can.”
Political observer Ray Rangkuti told Tempo that there is another possible reason why Jokowi wants to reshuffle his cabinet. “Possibly, this reshuffle is not just about [the minister’s] performance but also for [a] political [reason],” he said.
Ray continued that there is a possibility the president wants to replace a minister from National Mandate Party (PAN) since the party was among those who asked Jokowi to dismiss Ahok from being a governor related to the blasphemy case.
Meanwhile, Ahok says he does not know about it and chooses to have some good time with family after finishing his work as Jakarta Governor. “I am just thinking that in October, after finishing the work I want to go on a vacation with my family. It has been a while we don’t go out. [We would go] Everywhere we want,” he said.
Brilio.net - The second run of Jakarta Gubernatorial Election is happening and Jakartans are supposed to choose between Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok) – Djarot Saiful Hidayat and Anies Baswedan – Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno to lead the capital of Indonesia for the next five years.
This morning, Anies Baswedan is scheduled to vote at TPS 28, Lebak Bulus, West Cilandak at 8 a.m.
Since 9 a.m, Anies and family were seen chilling out at their terrace. His parents, parents-in-law, and wife were seen drinking tea.
He and his family took some breakfast before leaving to TPS 28. There is a written saying ‘Bismillah Tawakal Allah’ on their breakfast.
"Bismillah in the name of Allah, Tawakal because of Allah," said Anies to the reporters he met at his home at Cilandak Barat.
Anies also had corn bakwan, sambal leunca with bitter bean, and shrimp sambal.
After breakfast, Anies Baswedan along with wife and children did sungkeman to ask for a blessing to his parents and parents-in-law.
Brilio.net - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and First Lady Iriana voted for Jakarta Gubernatorial Election at TPS 4 Gambir, Central Jakarta.
Traditional song Bengawan Solo was played at the moment Jokowi and Iriana came at around 10.35 a.m.
After voting, Jokowi shared that he is certain this second election would run successfully and he also believes it will give Jakarta a good leader.
“I believe Jakarta democracy party would run successfully and would give Jakarta a good and trusted leader.” He said.
The president reminded people to accept the final result and not to let the differences in political choice will not divide them.
“Our differences in political choice, let it not break our unity because we are all brothers. Whatever the result might be, whoever win, we should accept it relievedly.”
Brilio.net - Voting for the Jakarta runoff election is over with polling stations closed simultaneouly at 1 p.m. Anies Baswedan and Sandiaga Uno are leading by a significant margin according to quick counts conducted by a number of survey agencies registered with the General Elections Commission (KPU).
A quick count conducted by Kompas Research and Development based on 90 percent of total votes indicated a big win for Anies-Sandi. The pair collected 57.90 percent with Basuki Tjahaja Purnama-Djarot Syaiful Hidayat (Ahok-Djarot) stood at 42.10 percent as of 4 p.m.
From 54.67 percent collected of the total votes from polling stations throughout the capital, Indobarometer's quick count results showed Anies-Sandi's lead with 58.55 percent while the incumbent gained 41.45 percent of the votes.
Voxpol Center Reseach & Consulting put Anies-Sandi on the top with 58.50 percent while Ahok-Djarot got 41.50 percent. Voxpol says it gathered 51.61 percent of total votes from polling stations across Jakarta.
Charta Politica had Anies-Sandi with 57.64 percent of the vote while Ahok-Djarot trailing behind with 42.36 percent based on 53.00 percent of total votes.
Brilio.net - South Jakarta District Court sentenced two accused relating to a pedophilia Facebook page named “Official Candy’s Group” case SHDW, 16 and DF, 17, guilty for spreading child porn content online.
"DF is sentenced to six years in juvenile prison while SHDW is going to be sent to Marsudi Handayani Social Home," said the lawyer of both defendants, Novia Hendrayanti to Kompas.com, Thursday.
The sentencing hearing was held behind the closed doors, considering both were still underage. DF and SHDW had been proven to violate the Article 27(3) No.19/2016 Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law and Pornography.
The sentence was lighter than what had been demanded by prosecutors who asked the court to sentence SHDW and DF to three and eight years in prison, respectively.
SHDW and DF were arrested along with two other suspects by Jakarta Police's cyber crime unit. Both worked as group admins for the pedophilia Facebook group which allegedly to have shared child pornography since last year.