The Jakarta Post
Vice presidential candidate Sandiaga Uno finally spoke up on his social media account on Thursday at about 2 p.m. about his latest situation after he was conspicuously absent the whole previous night during his running mate's two public appearances.
He uploaded a picture onto his Facebook account of running mate Prabowo Subianto holding his pet "Bobby the Cat" while the two were paying Sandiaga a visit. In the picture Sandiaga and his wife Nur Asia Uno welcomed the former presidential candidate at their quarter. Nur also patted the cat.
“Thank you Pak Prabowo Subianto for visiting me last night with your beloved cat. I apologize for being unable to accompany you. For everyone, please pray that I will get better soon,” Sandiaga wrote on Thursday.
Prabowo visited Sandiaga and Nur Asia at their room in a house on Jl. Kertanegara, which was used as the base camp for the Prabowo-Sandiaga campaign team.
The message attracted sympathy from netizens, who were mostly wishing him a speedy recovery. As of Thursday afternoon, the post had garnered about 108,000 likes and at least 16,000 comments.
“Just rest and pray more. Insya Allah (God willing), the illness will be the start of an unexpected blessing,” wrote Facebook user Abdul Malik Arrahman.
Previously, one of Sandiaga’s campaign team members, Yuga Aden, as quoted by kompas.com, said the vice presidential contender had been feeling unwell and had “non-stop hiccups” since Wednesday afternoon.
As a result, the searching public eye noticed his absence on Wednesday evening, when Prabowo made two public speeches to claim he had won the election based on a "real count" he made at 320,000 polling stations in Indonesia.
The former vice presidential candidate's public absence became a topic on Twitter, with #MisteriHilangnyaSandiagaUno (mystery of Sandiaga Uno's absence) trending since Wednesday evening with more than 14,000 tweets by late Thursday.