Jokowi Warns of Indonesians who Spread Narratives of Fear

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  • President Jokowi (right) and National Police Chief Gen. Tito Karnavian. ANTARA/Puspa Perwitasari

    President Jokowi (right) and National Police Chief Gen. Tito Karnavian. ANTARA/Puspa Perwitasari

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - In his speech at the Indonesia Solidarity Party (PSI) fourth anniversary, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo expressed his optimism toward the potential of the country’s young generation. He underlined that it must be under conducive climates and free of fears.

    “Other nations fear our young generations, but how come some of the people in our country are trying to scare this generation,” said President Jokowi on Sunday, November 11.

    The president warned PSI members upon the threat of people who are spreading fear among the young Indonesians instead of spreading hope.

    “[They don’t need] fear narratives or ‘genderuwo’ politics that centers on fear,” the president maintained. According to Wikipedia, Genderuwo is a Javanese myth about a type of the jinn or spirit that can manifest into human-like apes.

    In the end, President Jokowi reminded PSI members to focus on self-improvement and build the strengths within oneself, which must be assisted by strong faith. “Being alert is guided by strength, not fear,” said the president.

    AHMAD FAIZ IBNU SANI