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Voting for Ridwan Kamil gets West Java teacher fired

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, June 30, 2018   /   08:03 am
Voting for Ridwan Kamil gets West Java teacher fired Elementary school teacher Robiatul Adawiyah was dismissed from Darul Maza private school in Bekasi after voting for Ridwan Kamil. (kompas.com/Dean Pahrevi )

Robiatul Adawiyah, a teacher at private elementary school Darul Maza in Bekasi, West Java, went viral recently after news of her dismissal spread on social media.

Robiatul was fired because she voted for West Java gubernatorial candidate pair Ridwan Kamil and Uu Ruzhanul Ulum and not for the pair suggested by school authorities.

The news was spread by her husband, Andriyanto Putra Valora, who took a screenshot of Robiatul’s Whatsapp conversation in which she was fired by one of the school’s officials and posted it on his Facebook account.

The Whatsapp conversation showed that Robiatul had apologized for making a different choice in the simultaneous regional elections on Wednesday.

The official, named Fahrudin, instead replied to her message by saying that the school’s authorities only wanted to hire someone who held similar views to them. “We can find another staff member who would like to cooperate with us,” Fahrudin said.

Soon after the conversation went viral, the school’s authorities visited Robiah to apologize and asked her to return to the school.

She said she had accepted the apology and was willing to go back to the school.

“It’s all cleared up now and I hope that it won’t cause further problems,” Robiah said on Friday as quoted by kompas.com. (vny)