Salam 2 Jari Threatens Protests Unless Jokowi Ditches Graft Suspect Budi


JANUARY 15, 2015

Jakarta. Musicians from Salam 2 Jari have urged President Joko Widodo to withdraw his nomination of Comr. Gen. Budi Gunawan for chief of Indonesia's police force after the latter was named a corruption suspect on Jan. 13.

Salam 2 Jari, which means "Two-Fingered Greeting," were instrumental in galvanizing support for Joko's presidential campaign, putting on a concert attended by tens of thousands at Jakarta's Bung Karno stadium on the final day of the election campaign.

In an open letter signed by public figures ranging from poet Goenawan Moehammad, singer Tompi, activist Shafiq Pontoh and academic Ulin Yusron, the group threatened to take to the streets in protest if the president did not cancel Budi's nomination.

"We are weary to see Budi Gunawan's nomination to be the National Police chief in opposition of the KPK's [Corruption Eradication Commission] decision to name him a graft suspect," Abdee Negara from rock group Slank said on Thursday, acting in his capacity as the group's spokesman.

"We know that the appointment is indeed your prerogative right as the president. However, we are all hoping for a police chief with high integrity and a good track record," he said.

"We suggest Mr. President you fulfill your campaign promise to only pick those who do not have legal problems as public officials.

"If you don't cancel the appointment, through this letter, we as the volunteers of 'Two Fingers Concert' declare to take to the streets.

"We also demand the KPK solve the case behind the suspicious bank accounts immediately."