The Jakarta Post
The United Development Party (PPP), of which City Council deputy speaker Abraham Lunggana ' popularly known as Haji Lulung ' is a member, is seeking to summon Deputy Governor Basuki 'Ahok' Tjahaja Purnama regarding the latter's controversial statements.
During a plenary session on the revised draft budget on Friday, which heard the responses from each faction, Maman Firmansyah of the PPP announced the party's intention to summon the deputy governor. 'Before I deliver our party's view on the revised draft budget, we wish to remind council leaders about the request we submitted last month to summon the deputy governor,' Maman said.
'We regard his statements as offensive to the City Council and in violation of the law because he has failed to act ethically,' he said.
In July, Ahok and Lulung had a heated exchange over the city administration's efforts to relocate street vendors at Tanah Abang market in Central Jakarta.
Ahok criticized the deputy speaker after the latter fumed over the deputy governor's statement insinuating that a city councilor was behind prolonged issues crippling Tanah Abang.
Ahok was quoted as saying that Lulung 'did not understand bylaws'.
Opposition has begun to mount against Ahok as hundreds of social organizations united under the Jakarta People to Seal Ahok's Mouth (Rajjam) movement staged a protest outside City Hall last month, criticizing what they deem to be inappropriate statements by the deputy governor.
Commenting on the issue, Ahok questioned the PPP faction's capacity to summon him. 'Why would they [PPP] call me? That's funny,' he said at the City Hall on Friday. 'If they wanted to call anyone, they should be calling the governor, head of the institution.'
However, he said he was ready if the faction wanted to call him as an individual, not as deputy governor.
'But I would come only if the press is allowed to come with me, and I am allowed to upload the session on YouTube. Otherwise, I would never come,' he said.
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