Author of Julia's Jihad
Wow, like most Indonesians, I was bursting with pride over the Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, South Sumatra!
What’s not to be euphorically proud of? It wasn’t just the 31 gold medals, or coming fourth after China, Japan and South Korea. It was also the magical, mesmerizing, fun-fantasia extravaganza of the opening and closing ceremonies, the super-cool James Bond-like motorcycle entrance stunt video of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo entering the Gelora Bung Karno sports complex, the smooth running of the event by paid personnel and volunteers alike, and so many feel-good moments. One of the most heartwarming was when Jokowi and Prabowo Subianto — twice rival presidential candidates, in 2014 and again in 2019 — hugged when Hanifan, a pencak silat athlete won a gold medal. This rare moment earned the hashtag #WowoSayangW...
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