Partyforumseasia: Only three days ago our post on dirty campaign tricks in the US, listed by http://www.oppositionnews.org, looked frightening enough. But the ongoing presidential campaign in Indonesia can obviously compete in wickedness and tastelessness.
A fake obituary has been published on Facebook and Twitter:
” The obituary said Jokowi passed away at the age of 53 on last Sunday at 3.30 p.m. and his body was laid out at the PDI-P’s headquarters in Lenteng Agung, Jakarta, before being cremated yesterday. The obituary has vexed Jokowi’s supporters, who condemned it as a black campaign involving the sensitive SARA (ethnicity, religion, race, and inter-group relations) issues.”
Legal action is being initiated: “Sunggul Hamonangan Sirait, the head of law and constitution division of the pro-Jokowi movement (Projo), filed a report with the police on Saturday, following a controversial online post citing Jokowi’s death entitled “RIP Jokowi”.
Sunggul said at least three items could be categorized as defamation: The false death; the statement that Jokowi was of Chinese descent’ and the use of the names Ir. Herbertus Joko Widodo and Chinese name Oey Hong Liong.”
The smear campaign comes at the same time as the final results of the parliamentary election are being published by the Election Commission. With 18.9 % the PDI-P is the winner, and the National Democratic (Nasdem) Party which won 6.7 % has endorsed PDI-P and presidential candidate Joko Widodo. This provides the necessary 25 % to nominate Jokowi.
If the origin of the fake obituary should ever be found out, it may be interesting to see who is so frightened of a Widodo presidency. A candidate who looks so serious with cleaning up – programs must have a number of natural enemies.