Jakarta

Jakmania prefers Sutiyoso
to Fauzi Bowo

The Persija soccer club’s supporters, widely known as the Jakmania, have openly criticized incumbent governor Fauzi Bowo’s leadership, saying that his predecessor Sutiyoso had performed better.

The statement was unveiled following Jakmania chief Larico Ranggamone’s previous announcement that the Jakmania would be all out to support Fauzi’s second bid in the governor’s race.

Jakmania secretary-general Richard Achmad Supriyanto said that Fauzi, who replaced Sutiyoso as the governor in 2007, had failed to fulfill his own campaign promise that he would provide expert-quality leadership for the city.

“He had promised us Rp 10 million (US$1,100) in monthly allowances if he was elected as governor back then. Until today, this turns out to be an empty promise,” he said on Sunday.

He acknowledged that Sutiyoso had been once in conflict with the Jakmania, when he wanted to tear down the Persija’s Menteng stadium and replaced it with City Park in 2005.

“Sutiyoso is a very accommodating person and he maintains a good relationship with us even though he is no longer the governor,” he said.

Albert Solisa, one of Jakmania’s coordinators, echoed Richard’s statements, saying that Fauzi hadn’t paid much attention to the soccer club during his first five-year term.

“Fauzi watches Persija’s matches only on certain occasions while Sutiyoso, on contrary, is a huge fan of soccer – every time our team plays, Sutiyoso will almost certainly be in the stands to support Persija,” he explained. (sat/dic)

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