Jakarta deputy governor candidate Nachrowi Ramli said Solo Mayor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo should not play the part of a poor, victimized candidate to gain voters’ sympathy.
Nachrowi said Jokowi had no right to assume such a position, and said he was backed by “big figures,” namely former President Megawati Soekarnoputri, who is also the chairwoman of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), and Gerindra Party co-founder Prabowo Subianto, who are Jokowi’s main backers in the Jakarta gubernatorial race.
Nachrowi especially criticized Jokowi’s frequent references to himself as a lowly citizen or even “an ant.”
“That is only an attempt to make it sound as if he were being victimized. Aren’t Ibu Mega [Megawati] and Pak Prabowo big figures? And PDI-P is a big party led by Ibu Mega, who is a former president,” Nachrowi said on the sidelines of his campaign in Pasar Rebo, East Jakarta.
He also referred to a TV ad from Jokowi’s campaign team featuring Prabowo in his capacity as the chairman of the Indonesian Traditional Market Traders (APPSI), which endorsed Jokowi and his running mate Basuki T. “Ahok” Purnama for Jakarta’s next governor and deputy.
The ad was declared a violation to campaign regulations by the Jakarta office of the Election Supervisory Committee (Panwaslu Jakarta) because it was aired before the open campaign period, which kicked off on Friday and is supposed to last for three days, before the election runoff scheduled for Sept. 20 (a member of Jokowi’s campaign team, Denny Iskandar, apologized to Fauzi and Nachrowi for the premature ad on Tuesday).
“They can afford the TV ad, which is expensive. Does that signify small people? No need for Jokowi to act as if he were a poor guy. It’s outdated,” Nachrowi said.