Ahok's New Book Highlights His Psychological Journey in Jail

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  • Basuki Tjahaja Purnama or Ahok speaks during the launch of his book titled Call Me BTP: Ahok's Psychological Journey at Mako Brimob at Tempo's office in Jakarta, February 17, 2020. TEMPO/Charisma Adristy

    Basuki Tjahaja Purnama or Ahok speaks during the launch of his book titled Call Me BTP: Ahok's Psychological Journey at Mako Brimob at Tempo's office in Jakarta, February 17, 2020. TEMPO/Charisma Adristy

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Pertamina chief commissioner Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama has launched his latest book entitled Panggil Saya BTP or Call Me BTP, which he wrote during his time at the Police Mobile Brigade Corps penitentiary from May 2017 to January 2019. 

    “This book is my psychological journey from being stressed to relaxed, it was a [roller coaster ride], and several relapses. This was then mapped by the team of psychologists which fits best,” said Basuki Tjahaja Purnama in his visit to the Tempo headquarters on Monday, February 17. 

    The former Jakarta governor said the contents of “Panggil Saya BTP” served him best. “All my anger and disappointments are written here and so are the solutions. If the solutions were not mentioned my head could end up headbutting a wall,” said the Pertamina chief commissioner. 

    During the launch, Basuki recalled what he went through in his first days spending time as a prisoner at Mako Brimob. 

    “The first time I entered prison was the hardest time I ever went through. It was extraordinary. I was angry as I felt betrayed by people around me and felt abandoned,” he said. Ahok also recalled often waking up in the middle of the night feeling agitated, especially whenever he remembered the reasons he ended up behind bars: blasphemy charges. 

     “I only understood that I was angry and refused to accept my condition. That night I meditated, kept on praying to God to help calm me down and accept the condition I was faced with,” Ahok said.

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