INDONESIA: The presidential candidate and vice-presidential candidate number one, Anies Baswedan and Muhaimin Iskandar, held their final major campaign rally at the Jakarta International Stadium (JIS) on Saturday (10 Feb), ahead of the general election quiet period.
The event, which took place from 7:00 am to 12:00 pm, drew a massive crowd and marked a significant moment in their campaign.
During this grand campaign event, the Anies-Muhaimin couple was accompanied by their wives, Fery Farhati and Rustini Murtadho, all adorned in matching white attire.
The unity in their appearance underscored the solidarity of the candidate pair.
Adding to the notable figures present at the event, the general chairman of the party supporting Anies-Muhaimin, which includes prominent leaders such as Surya Paloh of the National Democratic Party (NasDem) and Dr Salim Segaf Al Jufri, the Chair of the Syuro Council of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), were seen accompanying Anies-Muhaimin.
The presence of distinguished figures, including the former vice president of the Republic of Indonesia, Jusuf Kalla, added prestige to the occasion.
The Jakarta International Stadium, with its vast capacity of 82 thousand people, was filled to the brim with passionate supporters of the candidate pair.
Beyond the stadium walls, the surrounding areas were equally buzzing with supporters, emphasizing the widespread enthusiasm for the number one candidate pair.
The immense turnout showcased the magnitude of public support for Anies Baswedan and Muhaimin Iskandar, creating a memorable spectacle that capped off their final major campaign before the crucial general election quiet period between 11 – 13 February.
Anies-Muhaimin grand campaign commences with patriotic spirit and calls for positive change
To engage the supporters before the official commencement of the event, guest stars treated them to performances, accompanied by an interactive MC who connected with the audience at Jakarta International Stadium (JIS).
The formal inauguration of the event unfolded with a collective rendition of the national anthem, Indonesia Raya, by the entire gathering at JIS.
This patriotic moment was followed by a joint prayer led by Taqy Malik.
Proceeding with the program, the general chairmen of the parties endorsing the Anies-Muhaimin candidate pair were afforded the platform to deliver their speeches.
Dr Salim Segaf Al Jufri, the Chairman of the Syuro Council of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), initiated the series of speeches, expressing the inevitability of change.
Dr Syarif acknowledged the economic landscape of Indonesia over the past decade, citing both successes and failures.
He emphasized the collective responsibility of the people to bring about positive transformation.
“Change is inevitable,” he asserted, urging everyone to bear the burden together for the sake of progress.
Following Dr Syarif’s address, the General Chair of the National Democratic Party, Surya Paloh, delivered the second speech.
Recognizing the enduring commitment of the supporters, he commended their resilience in participating in the grand campaign despite the challenges, symbolizing hope for Indonesia’s future.
Paloh emphasized the significance of this hope, describing it as the driving force needed to sustain the nation’s spirit and soul.
He concluded by highlighting the supporters’ dedication as an expression of their aspirations to build a better future for the generations to come.
Anies-Muhaimin unveils vision for change and unity at grand campaign event
Following the speeches by party leaders, the program continued with a compilation of Anies-Muhaimin campaign videos.
Subsequently, the dynamic duo, Anies Baswedan and Muhaimin Iskandar, made a grand entrance onto the stage situated in the midst of Jakarta International Stadium (JIS), amidst an exuberant sea of supporters.
Muhaimin took the spotlight with the first speech, emphasizing the significance of change as the voice and hope of the people.
He expressed commitment to the people’s mandate, addressing the diverse hopes of various segments of society, including farmers, fishermen, teachers, and the unemployed.
Muhaimin declared, “Change will bring about justice,” echoing the core principle of their campaign.
Anies, following Muhaimin, greeted the supporters and acknowledged their dedication, particularly those who travelled from afar to fill the stadium.
He passionately highlighted the economic disparities in Indonesia and underscored that a fraction of the population controls a substantial portion of Indonesia’s economy, leaving the majority to struggle for the remainder.
Anies asserted the imperative for equal opportunities and a shared future for all, firmly stating, “We do not allow unfair treatment to go unchallenged.”
Addressing the desire for democratic practices grounded in justice and ethics, Anies articulated their mission to return ethics to a central role in governing the state.
He emphasized the need for unity built on justice, rejecting fear as a foundation for collective harmony.
“We want an atmosphere of unity that is supported by a sense of justice, not an atmosphere of unity that is built by fear,” Anies said.
In a heartfelt moment, Anies expressed his commitment to love the Indonesian people as he loves his own children, pledging to maintain an atmosphere of unity rooted in justice.
In closing, he affirmed his dedication to upholding the people’s mandate, bringing ethics, honour, good intentions, and love to the forefront of their struggle for the Republic of Indonesia.
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