TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The campaign team of Jokowi - Ma'ruf led by Muhammad Lutfi Sunday, February 10 departed to the United States to gather votes in Philadelphia. A total of 4,000 Indonesian citizens live in the city.
During a meeting in McKean, South Philly, Indonesian people expressed concerns about casting a ballot in the upcoming election.
Aldo Siahaan, who lived in Philadelphia for a long time, asked the team to assure their security should they support Jokowi. “Because we feel threats, we are afraid to cast a ballot,” said Aldo as noted in a press release received in Jakarta, Tuesday, February 12.
Muhammad Lutfi shortly explained how Indonesian managed the security in the past when many ethnic Chinese fled from Indonesia in 1998 and the current security measure. The former trade minister reiterated that one of Nawacita mission initiated by presidential candidate pair Jokowi - Ma'ruf is the security and a sense of safety for all citizens.
The campaign team official Lathifa Al Anshori added that the minority group unconsciously disturbed by the opponent that applying Firehose of Falsehood strategy. “This year's election is psychological war. Without consciousness, people are spoiled by information that leads to that fears.”
Based on the survey by a pollster Denny JA, supporters of Jokowi - Ma'ruf among minority group reached 86.5 percent. Thus, the political opponent deliberately exposed voters to feel threatened to cast a ballot, “in a bid to reduce votes for Jokowi,” she added.