One of numerous e-cards seen on Indonesia's social media celebrating former Jakarta Governor Basuki 'Ahok' Tjahaja Purnama's 51st birthday on Thursday (29/06). (Photo courtesy of Twitter)

Ahok's Birthday Celebrated Widely on Social Media


JUNE 29, 2017

Jakarta. Former Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama’s 51st birthday was celebrated raucously on social media on Thursday (29/06).

Ahok's fans used the hashtag #HBDAhok51 to send the former governor — now serving his two-year sentence for blasphemy at the Police Mobile Brigade detention center in Depok, just outside Jakarta — numerous birthday wishes on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Path.

The hashtag #TetapAhok (Forever Ahok) soon joined #HBDAhok51 on the Twitter Trends list in Indonesia.

Many of Ahok's supporters believe his two-year sentence for blasphemy was unfair and that the first Chinese-Christian governor of Jakarta in modern era was only a victim of politicians exploiting religious sentiment to promote their own interests.