Jakarta governor Basuki 'Ahok' Tjahaja Purnama, right, campaigns in Lenteng Agung, South Jakarta, on Oct. 31. (Antara Photo/Hafidz Mubarak A.)

Ahok Hits the Campaign Trail After Blasphemy Trial Session


DECEMBER 28, 2016

Jakarta. Incumbent Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama is falling into somewhat of a routine, after attending court in the morning he turns the afternoon into a campaigning opportunity ahead of the February gubernatorial election.

Following the Tuesday morning (27/12) trial session, Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama campaigned in Kalisari, East Jakarta, meeting residents and hearing complaints about flooding.


During the impromptu visit, Basuki spoke with a resident who identified himself as Ampih who complained of flooding, though noted it had begun to recede faster in recent months.

“[Flooding] can happen four to five times a year, Sir. But recently it receded faster. Now, the floods recede in just 15 minutes,” Ampih told the governor.

The 56-year old man, who has lived in Kalisari since 1995, said he was satisfied with the governor's performance and approved of a plan to divide the nearby Kali Baru river into two streams.

“Ahok said Kali Baru would be divided into two streams before it gets here, to lower the water level,” Ampih said.

Warm welcome for the incumbent

Basuki's visit, like to many neighborhoods around the city, was welcome.

Mana, 62-years-old, left her home to come see the governor and said she was surprised to see him in the area.

“I can’t believe that Ahok wants to come here. There is [debris] scattered everywhere. Usually, we have to clean the road first before the officials visit, but it is still dirty. Why would he come?” Mana said.