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Jakarta Post

Jakarta shames (the idea of) Indonesia

  • Pierre Marthinus

Jakarta   /   Sat, April 29 2017   /  01:16 am

A violent gut-wrenching twist ripped apart my stomach as the Jakarta election quick-count results were announced. My mouth immediately ran dry, filled with a powerful sour and salty aftertaste.

The iron-like saltiness was clearly blood, probably generated by internal bleeding as my organs threatened to shut down in a coordinated wave of protest, demanding that I move them to a different city that is more civil, cultured and clean from corruption.

For the last few days, paramedics and witchdoctors have been working around the clock treating this widespread physiological reaction affecting 40 percent of Jakarta’s voters, who are experiencing recurrent relapses into shock as pictures of Anies Baswedan are televised as the winner of the Jakarta election over Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama.

Doctors are unavailable to treat the epidemic outbreak because they are scr...