TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - A group of approximately 3,000 people from students of Islamic boarding schools, mass organizations, including Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) Banjar City chapter in West Java, took the long march to Jakarta as a form of support to PKB Chairman Muhaimin Iskandar or Cak Imin as the vice presidential candidate for Joko Widodo.
The group is released directly by the Head of Miftahul Huda Al-Azhar Islamic Boarding School KH Munawwir Ibrahim, in Banjar City.
“Cak Imin as the Vice President, a running mate for Pak Joko Widodo in the 2019 Presidential Election is undisputed. We prove this support with a long march from Banjar to Jakarta, followed by thousands of Islamic boarding schools students and other elements of society,” said Banjar City Students Leader Gun-Gun Gunawan, in a broadcasted press, Friday, July 20.
He said the long march begins from the Al Azhar Banjar-PCNU Banjar-Banjar Townsquare, continues to Ciamis, until Jakarta. In addition, it has coordinated with the security forces in order to maintain the condition. “From Bandung, we will take the route via Cianjur-Bogor to Jakarta,” he explained.
Gun-Gunawan asserted that the action is done on the full awareness of students, mass organizations and the community, which from the beginning has declared their certainty to support Cak Imin as a vice president candidate.
“It is time for Islamic schools students to return to lead this country, repeating history at the beginning of the Millennium era when the great leader of NU, KH Abdurrahman Wahid or Gus Dur, was inaugurated as the fourth President with Megawati Soekarnoputri as his vice president,” he said.