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Jakarta Post

Commentary: The 'non-pribumi' Anies Baswedan is my governor now

  • Kornelius Purba

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, October 18, 2017   /  08:02 am
Commentary: The 'non-pribumi' Anies Baswedan is my governor now Newly inaugurated Governor Anies Baswedan and his Deputy Governor Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno pose for the camera. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

“Anies Baswedan should remember that he himself is non-pribumi [non-indigenous],” a young businessman shared his anger to his friends on Tuesday morning. The new Jakarta governor sparked public anger when he touched on the politically sensitive issue in his first public speech after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo swore him and his deputy Sandiaga Uno in at the State Palace on Monday. Before commenting further, let me make it clear first: I did not vote for Anies. But I promised on Sunday to my second son that I would follow his mature political stance. Starting from Oct. 16, Anies is my legitimate leader for the next five years because he was democratically elected. “That is the basic principle of democracy,” my son told me. But the governor’s statement is indeed irritating. Knowing his status as an internationally recognized intellectua...