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Ahok’s letter to 12-year-old girl goes viral

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Tue, June 6, 2017  /  05:43 pm
Ahok’s letter to 12-year-old girl goes viral

Non-active Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama casts his vote in the city's run-off gubernatorial election in Pluit on April 19. A 12-year-old girl, Allegra Freya Berlinawan, has sent a letter to Ahok in prison, expressing her support. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

A 12-year-old girl, Allegra Freya Berlinawan, has sent a letter to non-active Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama in prison, expressing her support, and Ahok has written back.

According to kompas.com, the letter opened with a quote: “Good people are like candles. They burn themselves up to give others light.”

In the letter, Allegra thanked Ahok for answering her questions during her visit to the City Hall last year and for transforming Jakarta into a better place.

Allegra also sent her prayers and support to Ahok and his family.

Read also: Ahok now busy replying to letters

In his reply, Ahok thanked Allegra for the letter, writing that he hoped the young girl would still feel motivated to work for the country.  

“I am doing fine here,” he added. Ahok is serving a two-year sentence in prison after being found guilty of blasphemy.

Both Allegra's and Ahok's letters went viral on social media.

Ahok’s sister-cum-lawyer Fifi Letty Indra confirmed that the letter was indeed written by Ahok.

She also mentioned that they are planning to create a book from letters received and sent by Ahok during his time in prison.

“Teguh [Ahok’s other lawyer] and I are currently selecting the letters,” said Fifi. (jes/kes)

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