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Jakarta Post

Ahok thanks birthday well wishers

  • Ivany Atina Arbi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, June 29, 2018   /   04:45 pm
Ahok thanks birthday well wishers Supporters of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and former Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama celebrate the birthdays of the two figures at the Kalijodo child-friendly integrated public space ( RPTRA) in North Jakarta on Friday. (Warta Kota/Panji Baskhara Ramadhan)

Former Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, who is currently detained at the National Police’s Mobile Brigade headquarters (Mako Brimob) in Depok, West Java, for blasphemy, has written a thank-you note to his supporters who wished him a happy birthday on Twitter and Instagram.

“I thank you all for your prayers and support on my birthday, and I am sorry for not being able to welcome you all at Mako Brimob,” Ahok wrote on a piece of paper, which was copied by his team and posted on his Instagram account @basukibtp.

His supporters used the birthday occasion to complain about Jakarta’s deteriorating condition on Ahok's Instagram account. He turned 52 on Friday.

Many prayers were offered by his supporters as well as Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan who defeated Ahok in last year’s gubernatorial election.

“Happy birthday, I wish you health and happiness and I hope you have a good interaction with all,” Anies said at City Hall on Friday.

Prayers were also said by public figures like actor Gading Martin and presenter Indra Bekti who both left messages on Ahok's Instagram account.