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Jakarta Post

Minorities regret Ahok’s speech

  • Agnes Anya and Indra Budiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 4 2016   /  09:46 am

Minority groups in the capital have expressed their disappointment over allegations Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama insulted the Quran, saying the governor should be wiser in choosing his words.

Ahok is in the spotlight amid a planned rally by thousands of hardline Muslims on Friday demanding that he be charged with blasphemy for saying that some people had been “deceived” by other people using Al-Maidah 51, a verse in the Quran.

Ahok made the statement to residents of Thousand Islands regency and Jakarta administration officials in september. A video of the speech went viral on social media and set off a firestorm of criticism from several Muslim groups.

The governor has apologized for the incident, saying he did not intend to insult the Quran, but the apology has failed to appease the anger of hard-line Muslims.

“It is reprehensi...