Jakarta Election Committee to Decide Rhoma Irama’s Fate on Monday

By webadmin on 02:03 pm Aug 10, 2012
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Camelia Pasandaran

The Jakarta Election Supervisory Committee will announce on Monday whether it has sufficient evidence to take Dangdut singer Rhoma Irama to court.

Ramdansyah, the head of the Election Committee, or Panwaslu Jakarta, said they had compiled all the data needed to make their decision, which included evidence that Rhoma violated prohibitions on campaigning along ethnic and religious lines.

Ramdansyah said Panwaslu would announce their decision on Monday.

Rhoma, who has been called the King of Dangdut, was one of several celebrities who endorsed Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo, and performed at one of the incumbent’s campaign rallies.   

“[Governor Fauzi Bowo’s team] denied that he was part of the campaign team,” Ramdansyah said. “He is indeed the entertainer for the campaign, but is not part of the structure.”

Rhoma, known for his religious-themed songs, was summoned by Panwas Jakarta on Monday to explain a sermon he made last week at the Al Isra Mosque in Tanjung Duren, West Jakarta. Rhoma allegedly attacked the religious background of deputy governor candidate Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, who is a Christian, and the running mate of Jakarta gubernatorial candidate Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo.

Rhoma allegedly told congregation members not to vote for leaders who are not Muslim, such as Basuki. He also incorrectly claimed that Jokowi’s mother is not a Muslim.

Ramdansyah said that Panwas Jakarta had consulted with the National Police and attorney general on the case.

If Panwas decides to take the case to the court, Rhoma would be charged with violating the Regional Autonomy Law, which carries a maximum sanction of one-and-a-half years in prison and a maximum fine of Rp 6 million ($630).