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Island focus: Jokowi’s staunch critic now KSP member

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, May 24 2018   /  12:43 am

The Presidential Office (KSP) has welcomed a new member on board — Golkar politician Ali Mochtar Ngabalin, who was known for his controversial comments against President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.

The appointment of Ngabalin, who was also a campaign team member of Prabowo Subianto, Jokowi’s rival in the 2014 presidential election, was signed by Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko on May 1.

The news, however, broke on Wednesday only after Ngabalin himself revealed his new appointment to some local news outlets.

The reports, which initially quoted Ngabalin’s claim that he was appointed as a member of Jokowi’s special staff, immediately sparked controversy.

Moeldoko later issued a clarification, saying Ngabalin had been appointed as a new member of Jokowi’s team, and not as a member of his special staff.

“For the government, there is no such po...