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Basuki Tjahaja Purnama aka Ahok, Governor of Jakarta

14/05/2017 Leave a comment

See this guy in the picture above? His name is Basuki Tjahaja Purnama. He is commonly known as Ahok, and was the Governor of Jakarta. Why am I making a post about him? Simple. Because he has been wrongly accused of being blasphemous. I will explain why.

Ahok was put on trial in December over accusations that he insulted Islam while campaigning for re-election. He apparently sparked controversy in late 2016 after quoting a verse from the Quran to prove to his supporters that there were no restrictions on Muslims voting for a non-Muslim politician. Mr Purnama, who is an ethnic Chinese, and a Christian one at that, has been sentenced to two years in prison. Therefore, by convicting Governor Ahok of blasphemy, Indonesia disgraces itself, violates human rights and ignores Islamic teachings.

I have been reading about this governor and what he has done. He has launched many successful programs, benefiting the poor, Apparently, he even tried to cut out graft by introducing a new unit that would act as a one-stop service unit to help potential investors with their queries and cut red tape for new businesses. So from what I see, this is politicized..this jailing and detention. Damn sickening because I have seen with my own eyes how corrupted many officials are in Indonesia.

I wish you all the best Mr Purnama. There are many that support you and I am one of them.