Jakarta. Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama plans to meet with the chairman of the Indonesian Ulema Council, or MUI, Ma'ruf Amin to apologize to him in person, ahead of this month's regional election.
"We had no time to meet yet, but when we meet, we'll have a friendly talk," Ahok said after an impromptu visit, or blusukan, to Ciracas area in East Jakarta, on Thursday (02/02).
Ahok said he had instructed his legal team to request a meeting with Ma'ruf, who is also one of the most prominent leaders of Indonesia's largest Muslim organization Nadhlatul Ulama (NU).
The incumbent governor was advised to apologize to Ma'ruf in person by Yenny Wahid, a daughter of late President and NU leader Abdurahman Wahid (Gus Dur) — grandson of the NU founder, Hasjim Asy'ari.
During the eighth session of Ahok's trial, Ma'ruf made statements contradicting information the incumbent governor's lawyers have in their possession. The governor also accused Ma'ruf of not being objective in his testimony, because he reportedly supports the former president's son Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono and his running mate Sylviana Murni in this month's Jakarta gubernatorial election.
Ahok's objection was interpreted by the NU as an insult against its spiritual leader.