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.)

Ahok Remains Optimistic Despite Being Named a Blasphemy Suspect


NOVEMBER 16, 2016

Jakarta. Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama told his supporters on Wednesday (16/11) that he remains optimistic in the 2017 Jakarta gubernatorial election, despite being named a suspect in a blasphemy case.

"I accept this decision. The police are professional and this is not the end [of the campaign]," Ahok said at his campaign headquarters in Rumah Lembang.

Ahok added that he will follow all the procedures required for the police investigation. He also called on his supporters to come to the polling stations on Feb. 15.

Jakarta Election Commission, or KPUD, chairman Sumarno said that Ahok is legally allowed to run for the election, despite being named a suspect.


"He is allowed to continue until the end of the election process," Sumarno said.

Sumarno added that the candidacy would only be annulled upon obtaining a court order, should he be found guilty of committing the offense.

Ahok has been named a suspect in the blasphemy case over a speech in which he referred to a Koranic verse while campaigning in Pramuka Island, Thousand Islands district, Jakarta. In the speech he purportedly said that no one should manipulate verses from the Koran for political gain.