TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Sandiaga Uno, a future vice presidential candidate, pledged to follow the rules and conditions regarding the campaign for 2019 presidential election. According to Sandiaga, the technical matter for the campaign had been regulated.
“We will follow whatever the rules and conditions,” said Sandiaga Uno when met in the workshop of National Mandate Party (PAN) in Grand Paragon Hotel, West Jakarta, Sunday, September 16.
Sandiaga made the statement when asked about the suggestion to do campaign delivered from the mosque pulpit as suggested by the Islamic Defender Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab during a teleconference in Ulema Ijtima II meeting on Sunday, September 16.
In the meeting held by the Ulemas National Movement to Safeguard Ulema`s Fatwa (GNPF), Rizieq appealed to the Ijtima members to utilize mosque as a means of the campaign for Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno in the presidential race next year.
“Please use Islamic boarding school (pesantren), majlis, and mosque pulpit as a means to do campaign for Prabowo and Sandiaga Uno,” said Rizieq in the teleconference.
Rather than accepting or declining the recommendation, Sandiaga Uno averted the issue to the peaceful campaign. The former Jakarta deputy governor had many times delivered his desires on peaceful campaign in 2019 election.
Earlier, in Al-Jihad mosque, Sunday, September 16, Sandiaga attempted to encourage a conducive situation during the campaign period. He then asked the public support to focus on improving development and economic recovery.
The issue on economy and development was first brought up by Prabowo-Sandiaga pair before the incumbent candidate Joko Widodo - Ma'ruf Amin. Sandiaga Uno planned to enhance the job opportunities and stabilize the prices.
“Whenever we have a discussion, either in mosque pulpit or political campaign, we have to concern on the economic issue,” Sandiaga Uno underlined.
FRANCISCA CHRISTY ROSANA