TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Jakarta Deputy Governor Sandiaga Uno clarified that Anies Baswedan’s candidacy during the 2017 Jakarta Gubernatorial Election did not involve transactional politics. Sandiaga said that Great Indonesia Movement Party advisory board chairman Prabowo Subianto is very professional.
“There was also no transactional politics involved in the Jokowi-Ahok candidacy [in the 2012 election]," said Sandiaga Uno at the City Hall on Friday, January 12.
Earlier, La Nyalla Mattalitti, chairman of the East Java chapter of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN), revealed that Prabowo had asked Rp40 billion form in exchange of endorsement to run as an East Java Governor candidate in the upcoming election.
“I was asked to pay Rp40 billion. The money must be submitted before December 20, in order get recommendations," he told Tempo yestrday.
Sandiaga suggested that La Nyalla misunderstood Prabowo's intentions. According to Sandiaga, Prabowo might intend to ask La Nyalla about his financial readiness for his candidacy.
Sandiaga said the last election costed him and Anies Rp100 billion to run as a candidate pair. Sandiaga added that it had been reported to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).
Sandiaga claimed that the last Jakarta Gubernatorial election can be made as an example for the upcoming regional head elections. He called on regional head candidates to focus on welfare issues during their political campaigns.
M ROSSENO AJI