Ahok ponders never becoming a government official again

TEMPO.CO, JakartaThe name Basuki”Ah OKTjahaja Purnama is in the public spotlight after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo summoned candidates to serve his second term, a list to be announced on Wednesday, October 23.

Asked about his chances of being chosen for a position in Jokowi’s new cabinet, “I could no longer become a government official,” Ahok said on Monday, October 21.

He clarified that he had not been offered any positions amid the search for members of Jokowi’s Cabinet. However, Ahok said he would continue to serve the country throughout his life in other ways, such as being a docile taxpayer.

Ahok and the president are widely known to have a good relationship, as they both served as governor and vice-governor of Jakarta. During the presidential inauguration ceremony in Jokowi on Sunday, Ahok was also present at the headquarters of the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR), seated behind the president’s family members.

The former governor of Jakarta has publicly stated that he can no longer become a minister of state as he was seen as a “defect” by a group of Indonesians, particularly after serving two years behind bars for blasphemy.

He also maintained that his divorce from ex-wife Veronica Tan and his marriage to Tan’s former personal assistant, Puput Nastiti Devi, were not well received by several Indonesian demographics.

“I can no longer become a minister of state. I am considered a fault of the republic. I am no longer wanted in such positions,” said Ah OK accepting the Roosseno Award IX-2019 in Kemang, South Jakarta on July 22, 2019.

LANI DIANA WIJAYA

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