TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - During his attendance at Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama’s book launch at the Tempo headquarters today, former Jakarta deputy governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat confirmed that Ahok was initially angry at everyone during his early days in jail.
“At the time, I met Pak Ahok at Cipinang and I said ‘There are many people demonstrating outside [the prison] in support of you’,” said Djarot today.
Djarot recalled Basuki Tjahaja Purnama answering him with animosity; “So be it, let them burn it down and tear it down.”
Djarot’s testimony corresponds to Basuki’s book entitled Panggil Saya BTP or Call Me BTP”, which sees this story retold in the book’s first chapter that chronicles his first days in prison that he describes as “the hardest times he ever experienced” and that he also felt “betrayed and abandoned by everyone as a governor who is holding office and then immediately sent to prison.”
During the talk show today, Ahok was asked by the moderator—Tempo’s editor for politics Wayan Agus Purnomo—whether his animosity toward others around him was also addressed to his former partner in office, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo?
Ahok answered, “I was angry at everyone.”