Ahok Resolves to Tone Down Rhetoric as Blasphemy Case Rolls On i

Jakarta Governor Basuki 'Ahok' Tjahaja Purnama resolved to tone down his signature gruff style following his naming of a suspect in the case. (Antara Photo/Hafidz Mubarak A.)

By : Deti Mega Purnamasari | on 11:46 AM November 21, 2016
Category : News, Jakarta, Politics, Featured

Jakarta. Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama will tone down his signature brusque communication style when campaigning, he told supporters following increased scrutiny after being named a suspect in a blasphemy case.

Basuki, who faces reelection in February's poll, made the promise at his Rumah Lembang campaign headquarters in Central Jakarta on Monday morning (21/11) during a visit with elderly and disabled constituent Abdul Muis, who had stated his support for the incumbent.

“I've listened to advises from some friends. Indeed, I must rectify my manner, my speaking attitude, my words ... do not dare others. I have been made aware of this,” Basuki said.

Basuki, who was named suspect in a blasphemy case last week following a campaign speech to residents of Pramuka Island in Kepulauan Seribu, again vowed he had not intended to offend Islam and apologized to the city's Muslims.

The blasphemy case has forced him to review his communication style during the campaign as there are certain people willing to exploit it for political gain, he said.

"I am trying hard to do this and beg for your support and prays to be a better person. Pray for me so I can have a good attitude," Basuki said during an address to supporters.

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