JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – PDI-P politician Ruhut Sitompul finally apologize about the photo of the governor of DKI Jakarta Anies Baswedan wearing traditional Papuan clothes which he uploaded on his twitter account.
The apology was conveyed by Ruhut through the Twitter account @ruhutsitompul on Friday (13/5/2022).
Ruhut admitted that he was blasphemed on social media.
“I know that I was blasphemed completely, but what can I say, especially those who are blasphemy, don’t know what the problem is,” Ruhut wrote.
Ruhut also admitted that he would take lessons from the problem. Ruhut also at the same time apologized.
Even so, Ruhut did not mention anyone’s name in the apology.
“For all those who are still angry, I’m sorry, I am human, who did not escape the mistakes of MERDEKA,” said the former Democrat Party politician.
You know I’ve been blasphemed completely but what can I say, let alone those who blaspheme don’t know the problem, but I have to be wise and for all those who are still angry, I’m sorry, I’m human, who didn’t escape the mistakes of INDEPENDENT???????????? ????????. pic.twitter.com/TaMeNgB24V
— Ruhut Sitompul (@ruhutsitompul) May 13, 2022
Addressed to Papuans
Contacted by Kompas.com on Friday (13/5/2022), Ruhut confirmed that the apology he made on Twitter was related to Anies’ photo.
“But I’m not apologizing to Anies, but to people who are offended, especially to Papuans,” said Ruhut.
Ruhut said he could really explain what he meant by uploading Anies’s photo.
However, Ruhut believes that not everyone can understand the explanation he gave. Therefore, Ruhut finally chose to apologize.
“So that there are no more crowds and quarrels,” continued Ruhut.
Although Ruhut has apologized, as of this Friday afternoon, the uploaded photo of Anies dressed in Papuan custom is still on Ruhut’s Twitter timeline.
Ha ha ha, Betawi people say, don’t worry about it X Sip. pic.twitter.com/CFzYVkBgiw
— Ruhut Sitompul (@ruhutsitompul) May 11, 2022
Ruhut’s Reason for Uploading a Photo of Anies in Papuan Traditional Dress
Previously when contacted last Thursday, Ruhut admitted that he did not mean to insult or be racist when he uploaded the meme of Anies dressed in Papuan custom.
“Is it wrong for him to wear Papuan clothes? Isn’t it right. My words are good. There is nothing insulting there,” said Ruhut.
Ruhut explained that the picture of Anies dressed in Papuan traditional clothes was not made by himself.
According to Ruhut, through the photo, Anies is trying to be imaged as close to all levels of society, including Papuans.
“There is no insult, I mean well, it’s encouraging (to Anies) instead,” said the former Democrat Party politician.
Ruhut believes that the emergence of the photo is inseparable from Anies’ desire and efforts to run for the 2024 presidential election.
Although he confirmed that he would not support Anies in the upcoming presidential election, Ruhut understood Anies’ efforts to reach out to all citizens.
“He might want to go around later, right? The billboards are already in all provinces. Betawi people say his name is business, let him try because I know he will lose,” said Ruhut.
Reported to Polda Metro Jaya
For uploading the photo, Ruhut had previously been reported to the Polda Metro Jaya on suspicion of racism, Wednesday (11/5/2022).
Ruhut was reported by the Commander of the Patriot Revolutionary Commander (Kopatrev) Petrodes Mega MS Keliduan.
Head of Public Relations of Polda Metro Jaya Kombes Endra Zulpan confirmed the report.
“Yes, it is true that we have a report. The reporter (represents) Papuan youth,” said Zulpan when met at the National Monument (Monas) area, Thursday (12/5/2022).
According to Zulpan, the report has been registered with Number LP / B / 2299 / SPKT / Polda Metro Jaya, dated May 11, 2022, and is being studied by investigators from the Ditreskrimsus Polda Metro Jaya.
Ruhut was reported for violating Article 28 paragraph (2) in conjunction with Article 45A paragraph (2) of the Republic of Indonesia Law (UU) Number 19 of 2016 concerning amendments to RI Law Number 11 of 2008 concerning Information and Electronic Transactions (ITE).
Zulpan also confirmed that his party would follow up on the report.
“Every report we must study first,” explained Zulpan.
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