Jakarta. Hashim Djojohadikusumo, the billionaire brother of losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto, has taken a swipe at the Indonesian media for allegedly misquoting him about his plans to "obstruct" the agenda of the country's new president.
Hashim said local media have portrayed him in a negative light by mistranslating his English interview with The Wall Street Journal.
In a written statement to leaders of the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) Hashim said he had been "misquoted" by some Indonesian media outlets about the intention of opposition lawmakers in the Red-White Coalition.
"I have never said we would obstruct," Hasim said in the statement, which was seen by Indonesian reporters.
"I said if there was a strong reason for it, such as a referendum for Papua or the legalization of the Indonesia Communist Party (PKI), we would fight back."
Hashim added he never said he would obstruct Joko's inauguration.
Hashim told The Wall Street Journal "there is a price to be paid" for Joko's victory at the polls, and the businessman was described by the newspaper as being driven in part by a personal betrayal. Hashim was a major financial backer of Joko's campaign for Jakarta Governor and The Wall Street Journal story says he believes Joko broke an agreement to serve a full five-year term.
He said his brother's Red-White Coalition would be an active and constructive opposition to the incoming president.
However, in an interview with Reuters, Hashim was quoted as saying, “We will use our power to investigate and to obstruct,” and promised to dig dirt on Joko during his time as mayor of Solo and governor of Jakarta.
Hashim said some Indonesian media had violated the principle of press freedom by only partially quoting him.
"Please use the English version as a reference, do not believe the Indonesian version because it has been manipulated," he said in the statement.
Gerindra Deputy Chairman Fadli Zon said Hashim had been misquoted. Fadli said Hashim had stated he was willing support Joko's programs if they were good.
"If [the programs] hurt the nation's importance they would be obstructed, that's his terms," Fadli said.