REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA -- Deputy chairman of the National Campaign Team (TKN) of incumbent President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) - KH Ma’ruf Amin, Abdul Kadir Karding asked state officials to not make a joke in public carelessly. His statement came to respond a report against one-finger pose case involving Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan and Finance Minister Sri Mulyani.
The two ministers were reported to Election Supervisory Board (Bawaslu) over one finger pose during 2018 Annual Meeting of International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank (World Bank) in Nusa Dua, Bali. The national agency to win Prabowo Subianto - Sandiaga Uno pair filed the report to Bawaslu on Thursday.
Karding asked the two ministers to be cooperative to follow existing process although they claimed the one-finger pose was a pure joke.
"Be careful in expressing jokes, spontaneity. It’s a lesson in Mr Luhut and Mrs Sri case,” said Karding on Thursday (Oct 18).
Meanwhile, Karding also stated the need of more massive socialization among state officials. Because, technical matters, related to the rules of the campaign are not necessarily known by officials. He gave an example, he as House of Representatives member had nominated himself as a legislator for five times.
Karding admitted that even so, he still found it difficult to understand the details of the campaign rules both regulated in Law and also General Election Commission (KPU) regulations. The rules were very detailed and specific.
“For example, presidential or vice presidential candidate should use billboard with a certain size, content, and point. Also the amount is also limited, so it’s very complicated for us as politicians,” Karding explained.
However, he stressed the rules have become valid. Karding said all election participants and their supporters must obey the rules.
“Law is made for use to be followed, so it needs to be encouraged, so everyone knows,” Karding added.
BPN advocate team represented by lawyer M Taufiqurrohman officially reported Luhut and Sri Mulyani to Bawaslu on Thursday (Oct 18) The two ministers was reported for alleged violations of campaign, when they used one-finger pose on IMF Annual Meeting on last Oct 14.
“As state officials, they did something that are supposed to be profitable and show partiality towards Jokowi - Ma’ruf pair when IMF Annual Meeting,” Taufiqurrohman said.
Luhut and Sri Mulyani were indicated to perform covert campaign. They were seen directing the IMF Director Christine Lagarde and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim to pose one finger on a photo session.
Luhut and Sri Mulyani are suspected violate Article 282 juncto Article 283 paragraph (1) and (2) juncto Article 547 Law No. 7/2017 on Elections. They throated 3 years imprisonment and a fine Rp 36 million. In addition, they must be dismissed as ministers due to their not neutral attitudes in the state meeting activity.