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Jakarta Post

Man mocks Amien Rais with long walk and leather puppet

  • Gisela Swaragita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, August 24 2019   /  12:52 am

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’s attitude, which is becoming more and more li...