FPI Secretary General Novel Bamukmin at the police headquarters after he filed a police report accusing Ahok of libel and slander, having ridiculed him in public with the 'Fitsa Hats' meme. (Antara Photo/Sigid Kurniawan)

How Can You Possibly Misspell Pizza Hut?: Ahok


JANUARY 07, 2017

Jakarta. Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama said he has not paid much attention to the "Fitsa Hats" meme that originated from a police report made by one of the witnesses in his blasphemy trial, Novel Chaidir Hasan Bamukmin of the Islamic Defenders Front, or FPI.

Novel reportedly wrote in the police report that he had once worked in a Fitsa Hats restaurant, by which he meant the American pizza chain Pizza Hut.


Many on social media accuse Novel of trying deliberately to hide the fact he had worked at Pizza Hut because of the FPI's anti-American stance.

"I don't really care. But the work history [in a police report] is always filled by the person being questioned," Ahok said in South Jakarta on Friday (06/01).

Novel claimed to have worked at a Pizza Hut restaurant from 1992 to 1995 in the police report.

"This is the same person who claimed he was a legal advocate, but forgot what year he graduated from elementary school, from junior high school and from high school. Who also said he had received text messages and phone calls from people complaining [about my speech] in Jakarta's Thousand Islands district, but now claim [the texts and phone records] have been deleted," Ahok added.

Novel has now filed a report against Ahok to the Jakarta Police, accusing of him of libel and slander under Indonesia's internet law.

Ahok said he was not the slightest bit concerned by Novel's move to file a report against him. "People file reports against me all the time. Water off duck's back for me," the governor quipped.

"It's impossible that someone working for that long [in Pizza Hut] still misspells [the company's name]," Ahok pointed out.

Meanwhile, the police have denied that they had tampered with Novel's work history in the police report.

Special economic crimes director Brig. Gen. Agus Andrianto said investigators always clear data and statements written in police reports with the people being interviewed before putting them on record.

The police said witnesses are allowed to correct their statements before signing them and investigators are not allowed to make any changes once they are signed.