Ex-212 Alumni Declares Support for Jokowi; Not Prabowo

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    Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, center left, and his running mate Ma'ruf Amin, center right, greet their supporters prior to formal registration as candidates for the 2019 presidential election in Jakarta, Aug. 10,2018. AP

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - A total of seven people who claimed to have joined 212 Act declared themselves as representatives of Eks 212 Kawal Kiai Ma`ruf Amin (ex-212 alumni guard Kiai Ma`ruf Amin). 

    Today, October 11, they declared support for the presidential-vice presidential candidate number 01, Joko Widodo or Jokowi-Ma’ruf Amin, in the 2019 presidential election; instead of Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno.

    “We are ex 212 alumni invite all people to support Jokowi-Ma’ruf Amin as to create Islam that is Rahmatan Lil Alamin (the blessings to the entire universe) in this country,” said Sulaeman, deputy head of Eks 212 Kawal Kiai Ma'ruf Amin, in Cemara Post, Jakarta, Thursday, October 11.

    They were previously active in the act of 212, a community rally that demanded legal proceedings against Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama or Ahok who they deemed defamed Al Quran in his speech regarding Al Maidah verse 51.

    The volunteer group led by Razman Arief Nasution, one of the attorneys of the Islamic Defender Front (FPI), stated three points in the support declaration for Jokowi. First, Ex 212 would guard ulema to govern the Unitary State of Republic of Indonesia (NKRI), and so Kiai Ma’ruf Amin as the vice presidential hopeful was the answer of their prayers and struggle.

    The second point, Ex 212 would defend Muslim's aspirations and actualize just and prosper development. And last, Ex 212 demanded Jokowi and Kiai Ma’ruf Amin fight for sharia economy, Islamic education and boarding school, as well as uphold the fair law.

    Earlier, the spokesman for the alumni of 212 Act joined in the 212 Alumni Brotherhood (PA), Novel Bamukmin, asserted the PA 212 would not support Jokowi despite the incumbent chose Ma’ruf Amin as the vice presidential candidate.