The Jakarta Post
Prabowo Subianto, the presidential hopeful from the Gerindra Party and its coalition, called on Indonesian voters to focus on the good deeds of the country's leaders instead of their mistakes.
"We are quick to condemn people for their mistakes and slow to thank people [for their good deeds]," Prabowo said before his supporters in Bandung, West Java, on Wednesday.
"Never forget our leaders. If they make mistakes, bury such mistakes deeply and instead uphold their good deeds," the former commander of the Army's Special Forces (Kopassus) added.
Prabowo further depicted critics of the government as spectators at a football match who seemed to know how to play the game better than the players.
"They [the spectators] shout protests at missed goals, but they forget that the players did their best to win."
Prabowo was in Bandung to greet various local groups that formally declared their support for him and his running mate Hatta Rajasa.
Later in the day, he was expected to inaugurate a campaign team tasked with winning voters throughout West Java.
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