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Megawati calls for unity amid divisive 'slander' during Ahok concert

  • Nurul Fitri Ramadhani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, February 4, 2017   /  10:16 pm
Megawati calls for unity amid divisive 'slander' during Ahok concert Thousands flock Ex-Driving Range Senayan to watch the "Gue 2" concert, a campaign event for Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama and Djarot Saiful Hidayat on Feb. 4. (JP/Ricky Yudhistira)

Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri made a speech at a large campaign event for incumbent Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama  and Deputy Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat on Saturday in Senayan in Central Jakarta.

During her speech, the former president and daughter of first president Sukarno thanked all attendees and fellow political parties in the coalition for their support and, as usual, pointed out the Pancasila as the country’s ideology.

"The Pancasila teaches us how to live peacefully. That all people in the country, no matter the religion or ethnicity, live together under Unity in Diversity," Megawati said, wearing a red shirt combined with blue-red plaid. She referred to the national slogan Bhinneka Tunggal Ika, or Unity in Diversity.

"We shouldn't be shortsighted, because that will divide us with meaningless slander and criticism. [...] Seeing such enthusiasm, I am sure that we [Ahok-Djarot] will win [the election]," she added, referring to a series of blasphemy accusations lodged against Ahok.

She called on all participants and supporters to vote for the pair without fear.

(Read also: Celebrities endorse gubernatorial tickets, but do they make a difference?)

The Jakarta gubernatorial election has seen party elites taking part directly in the campaigns. Prabowo Subianto, the Gerindra Party patron who formed a coalition with the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) to back candidate pair Anies Baswedan - Sandiaga Uno, made appearances on the campaign trail.

Democratic Party chairman Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who leads the coalition backing Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono-Sylviana Murni, was also seen on the campaign trail meeting with residents.  (evi)

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