The Ahok-Djarot pair is perceived as fact-based and down to earth, and Agus-Sylvi is viewed as knowing too little. Meanwhile, many feel that Anies-Sandiaga is too theoretical.

The #KonserGue2 Ahok-Djarot event that was held at the site of a former driving range in Senayan, Jakarta. (Photo source: Ahok Djarot Facebook page)
Jakarta – While the three-month campaign period for the Jakarta gubernatorial election is only a week to conclude, three contestant pairs on Saturday (4/2) stepped up their activities to lure voters. Under existing law, the campaign period must end on 11 February 2016, a few days before the regional election that will be held on 15 February 2016.

Saturday heated up the capital’s atmosphere as top figures that support two of the three contestant pairs for the first time ‘descended from the mountain’ to join in the public campaigns of their gubernatorial candidates.

Those high leaders were Megawati Soekarnoputri, general chairwoman of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) which led a collation to nominate Basuki ‘Ahok’ Tjahaja Purnama – Djarot Saiful Hidayat; and Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the former president whose coalition of parties nominated his son, Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono, pairing up with Sylvia Murni.

Another top leader, Prabowo Subijanto, had already taken part in a mass rally to promote Anies Baswedan – Sandiaga Uno last Tuesday (31/1). Prabowo’s Gerindra Party-led coalition had nominated the contestant pair.

Inactive Governor Ahok (right), Megawati and Djarot at Saturday’s #KonserGue2 Ahok-Djarot. (Photo source:
On Saturday, Megawati joined thousands of people at the #KonserGue2 Ahok-Djarot, an open-air music show that featured top musicians and singers. The event was held at the former driving range in Senayan, Central Jakarta.

Addressing the jubilating crowd, the former president again made his message loud and clear. She said that the nation’s long-held principle Bhineka Tunggal Ika (Unity in Diversity) was the basis for PDI-P to pick the incumbent Ahok-Djarot to run for in the upcoming election. Ahok and Djarot are now inactive governor and vice governor, respectively.

Flanked by Ahok and Djarot, Megawati told the audience as reported by, “The unitary state is the state of the whole nation. Regardless of their religions, tribes, races, its people live side by side peacefully.”

She added, “Our predecessors said that the aim of our proclamation of independence was to unite the whole unitary state. We are diverse, but with Bhineka Tunggal Ika we become one.” Megawati is the eldest daughter of Sukarno, Indonesia’s independence proclamator and first president.

Megawati’s remarks echoed the ‘reason of existence’ of the PDI-P as a ‘nationalist’ party as well as the backgrounds of Ahok and Djarot. Ahok is a Chinese descent and a Christian while Djarot is a native of Java and a Muslim.

Also addressing the crowd were Ahok and Djarot themselves. Ahok said Jakarta needs leaders who are “honest, clean and professional” so that they could ensure a clean and effective bureaucracy. He promised that, if reelected, his government would make new efforts to improve the welfare of Jakartans, especially the economically and socially low class citizens.

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (right) with Agus and Sylvi. (Photo source:

Meanwhile, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Saturday told a large crowd that he was deeply concerned about Jakarta’s current situation and the situation in the rest of Indonesia. According to the former president and the father of Agus Harimurti, Indonesia is now experiencing prevalent ‘jitters’ and separations.

On why Jakartans should vote for Agus-Sylvia pair, Susilo said, “We like to see a better future for Jakarta, which is better developed, not constantly jittering, and its people not being kept at a distance from each other. Its leaders should be trustable and love the people.”

Susilo noted, “I can read your hearts. Jakarta will change for the better with Agus-Sylvi.”

Still, many in the public are felt in the dark on why Susilo’s coalition of parties had picked political novices Agus and Sylvi to run in this month’s gubernatorial election. The coalition’s move had forced Agus to quit his widely perceived bright military career.

Meanwhile, Agus told the audience on Saturday that he and Sylvi had worked extra-hard to win voters during the election campaign period that started last October.

“We are continuing to ‘wage a guerilla warfare’. We have only one goal: win the Jakarta gubernatorial election,” Agus said as reported by

Prabowo (center), Anies (left) and Sandiaga (right). (Photo source:

In the meantime, on Saturday Anies Baswedan met with a group of mosque management officials from across the capital. Anies, who was widely criticized for his ‘lecturing style’ in campaigns, stressed the importance of replacing many polices of the Jakarta government.

“Our intention is not merely replacing the name of the governor and his or her photo. What must be replaced are the policies,” Anies noted.

So far, Ahok-Djarot’s programs are perceived as fact-based and down to earth, and Agus-Sylvi are viewed as less knowledgeable. Meanwhile, many feel that Anies-Sandiaga is too theoretical with their programs. (Global Indonesian Voices)

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