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Throwing shade, Javanese style: Man mocks Amien Rais with long walk and leather puppet

  • Gisela Swaragita
    Gisela Swaragita

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sun, August 18, 2019   /  11:43 am
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Lilik, who started walking from Yogyakarta’s landmark Tugu Pal Putih on July 22, arrived in Jakarta on Aug. 7 and is now staying at a fellow activist’s house in Cibubur, East Jakarta. (JP/Tarko Sudiarno)

Javanese symbolism was once again used on the political stage. This time, a 28-year-old sculpture artist from Blora, Central Java, Lilik Yuliantoro, walked more than 500 kilometers from Yogyakarta to Jakarta to hand over a leather puppet of Javanese folklore character Sengkuni to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.  Lilik, who started walking from Yogyakarta’s landmark Tugu Pal Putih on July 22, arrived in Jakarta on Aug. 7 and is now staying at a fellow activist’s house in Cibubur, East Jakarta. A Jokowi supporter, he said the walk aimed to mock senior politician Amien Rais, a vocal critic of the President who reportedly made a nazar (sacred vow) that he would walk from Yogyakarta to Jakarta if Jokowi won the 2019 presidential election. When Jokowi won, Amien never made the walk. “As a fellow Javanese person, I feel humiliated by Amien’...