Outgoing Jakarta Governor Basuki 'Ahok' Tjahaja Purnama greets residents at City Hall in Central Jakarta. (Antara Photo/Angga Budhiyanto)

Ahok to Hit Public Speaking Circuit and Star in His Own 'Ahok Show' After Leaving Office


MAY 05, 2017

Jakarta. Outgoing Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama said he will hit the public speaking circuit after his administration ends in October and appear in a television show called the "Ahok Show."

"I have decided to become a public speaker [after my term ends]," Ahok said at City Hall on Thursday (04/05).


Ahok said he is not interested in becoming a party official, a minister or a presidential staff.

Instead, he will try to forge a new career as a public speaker and a television show host.

"I'm going to create the 'Ahok Show' with one of the [private] television stations in Jakarta," Ahok said.

When asked if he would consider a run as a vice president with his old partner President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo in the 2019 presidential election, Ahok jokingly replied: "Running for governor is hard enough, let alone as a vice president. It's not a position for an infidel like me."