Friday, 20 October 2017 | 01:24 WIB

Through Djarot, Ahok Silently Bids Farewell

Ahok, Djarot with their wives

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - As his term in office ends on October 15, 2017, Jakarta Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat is racing to inaugurate various public facilities built during his time leading the city of Jakarta with its previous governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama or Ahok.

In every inauguration, Djarot never forgets to apologize. He also says thank you, and ultimately he says goodbye to the people representing Joko Widodo (Jokowi), Ahok, and of course himself. All of these names were once Jakarta's number one person.

Watching Djarot working hard completing his time in office has led writer Herry Tjahjono to reminisce about Ahok who is now behind bars at Mako Brimob detention center, in Kelapa Dua, Depok, West Java, after he was convicted and sentenced to two years in prison for blasphemy.

“Truth be told, Djarot is not the only one bidding farewell. His soulmate – sitting silently in prison – is always present in Djarot’s goodbyes. The unquestionable loyalty between Djarot and his friend and former boss can never be erased," Herry said.

Below is Herry’s full piece, quoted by Netralnews.com, from his Facebook account, Tuesday (10/10/2017).

 

IN MY SILENCE I BID FAREWELL

(Love, Work, Respect)

By : Herry Tjahjono, citizen of Indonesia.

Djarot Saiful Hidayat will soon end his time as Governor of Jakarta on October 15, 2017. He spoke his words of goodbyes during the inauguration of Al-Mubarokah Mosque in Kalijodo.

Truth be told, Djarot is not the only one bidding farewell. His soulmate – sitting silently in prison – is always present in Djarot’s goodbyes. The unquestionable loyalty between Djarot and his friend and former boss can never be erased.

Though physically not present, Ahok's impressive work together with Djarot for the residents of Jakarta bears witness. It is as if these projects are, too, waving their hands to say goodbye to Jakartans. It is as if Ahok and Djarot’s hearts are bidding farewell to their beloved people for the last time.

So many Jakartans – and Indonesians – will be moved by their farewell. The city itself mourns, as scars start to, again, become visible in areas once were clean and neat. The trash now floating, again, on rivers, illegal parking now, again, rampant, children-friendly open spaces now, again, not so friendly. As political wolves are getting ready to pounce and prey on the city, Jakarta seems sadden by the inevitable goodbye.

But, the love of its people will never waver. Just like Ahok and Djarot’s love will always be there for their city and their people.

Love, work, respect – will never cease – will always be engrained in the hearts of Jakartans and the city.

As Djarot bids his farewell, in a quiet prison cell, a man who has given everything he has for the city and the people he loves also bids his farewell. 

In my silence I bid farewell, but my love for this colorful city remains, always.

So long...