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Governor Fauzi apologizes for his remarks

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, September 18 2011   /  02:06 pm

Following public outcry, Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo apologized for his statements allegedly insinuating that the spike in the number of rapes on public transportation vehicles was a consequence of women wearing tight and revealing outfits.

“I apologize. I don’t intend to annoy women,” he said.

Analysts said the rhetoric would not improve Fauzi’s image ahead of the 2012 gubernatorial election.

University of Indonesia political communication expert Effendi Ghazali said that, following the statement, it was likely that Fauzi would have serious problems persuading female voters during next year’s gubernatorial poll.

“I don’t understand why he [Fauzi] said things like that. No women will want to vote for him [next year] after this statement,” Effendi told The Jakarta Post on Saturday.

Effendi said that, with his ill-advised commentary, Fauz...