Angga Yudha Pratomo – Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto held a press conference after attending a declaration of a permanent coalition at the Proclamation Building in Central Jakarta. The event was attended by scores of foreign journalists.
A number of questions were thrown up by reporters. Strangely, when a female journalist from the Jakarta Post English language newspaper asked a question, Prabowo became furious.
The odd thing was that the journalist only wanted to ask a question about the coalition supporting Prabowo and his running mate vice presidential candidate Hatta Rajasa. Suddenly however, Prabowo accused the Jakarta Post of being partisan.
“Jakarta Post? Its support has been partisan. I don’t want to answer [questions from] the Jakarta Post. Thank you”, said Prabowo on Monday July 14. “It’s not your mistake, it’s the owner’s mistake (the Jakarta Post) your media”, he asserted.
Following the press conference, as he passed by Prabowo spoke to the journalist directly calling the Jakarta Post undemocratic. “Because your owner (the Jakarta Post) is a useless sh!t (brengsek), who doesn’t respect democracy”, he explained. [ian]
[Translated by James Balowski for the Indoleft News Service.]
- YouTube video of Prabowo lashing out at the Jakarta Post (in English with English subtitles for Indonesian language sections: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAM3wVX1kPs