The Jakarta Post
After repeatedly touching on the issue in official speeches, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has found a new way to highlight the need for change during his second term: comic strips.
The caption to a comic strip uploaded to Jokowi’s official instagram account @jokowi on Sunday reads “Dare to try. Dare to change” accompanied by a hashtag #JokoMic -- short for “Jokowi Comic”.
The comic shows a man resembling the President’s figure sitting on a chair while his grandson is playing with toy bricks.
Berani mencoba. Berani berubah. #JokoMic pic.twitter.com/3wqIuluIVi
— Joko Widodo (@jokowi) November 17, 2019
The next panels of the comic show the child struggling to build a tower using the toy bricks, as the structure keeps collapsing. When his grandson starts to cry, the grandfather consoles the kid and shows him how to build a more stable structure using the toys.
When they finally build a structure using the toy bricks, the grandson asked his grandfather: “How does Mbah [grandfather] know?”
The grandfather figure answers: “Never giving up is good. However, if the same way keeps failing, we have to dare to try a new way.”
It ends with the grandfather repeating his message: “Don’t be afraid to change.”
The comic was also uploaded to Jokowi’s Twitter account and Facebook page in the form of a 1-minute video showing the illustrated comic.
However, there was no credit whatsoever to the illustrator.
The President has repeatedly pushed for change and innovation, especially among his Cabinet members, in order to achieve the promised targets in developing the economy and the country’s human resources.
After his inauguration for a second term in October, Jokowi said that his administration had to “continue to develop new methods [and] values [to] not get stuck in a monotone routine.”
“Innovation should not just become knowledge. Innovation should become a culture,” he said in his inauguration speech.