Celebrities, many of whom have been barracking — either as official supporters or out of their own volition — for Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama or rival Anies Baswedan in the Jakarta gubernatorial election, which Anies won comprehensively, have taken to social media to tell Jakartans to accept the result of Wednesday’s (19/04) ballot.
The celebs are posting on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, not only to congratulate Anies’s supporters but also to console Ahok’s.
Film director and stand-up comedian Ernest Prakasa, an avid Ahok supporter, often called Ahoker, wrote on Twitter that he is grateful with the result even though his candidate did not win the election.
“Let’s accept the result [of the election]. This is what democracy is all about. Without democracy, we would not even have had Ahok,” he said.
Ernest also told his followers on Twitter not to get carried away with slanging match over the governor candidates’ religious or ethnic background and to accept the election result with an open heart.
The director of “Cek Toko Sebelah,” a box office comedy hit that satirizes ethnic Chinese life in Indonesia — Ernest is Chinese-Indonesian — later also tweeted to his stand-up comedian colleague Pandji Pragiwaksono, who became one of Anies’s spokesmen during the election campaign, congratulating him for his boss’s win.
Congrats, @pandji. Kerja keras lo ga sia2. Well done