The stronghold of the presidential and vice presidential candidates, Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and Ma'ruf Amin, seemed serious about efforts to reconcile political opponents towards the 2019 Presidential Election. All political maneuvers now become possible, including embracing the leader of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) Habib Rizieq Shihab.
Chairman of the DPP PDIP Andreas Hugo Pareira said the vice president Ma'ruf Amin had the ability to bridge people who had been difficult to talk to by presidential candidate Jokowi. When asked whether the stronghold of Jokowi-Ma'ruf's supporters hoped that Rizieq would give support, Andreas said, if that was possible then he would not refuse.
"If (Rizieq) can (support Jokowi-Ma'ruf), why not," he said after attending a CSIS public discussion in Jakarta on Monday (8/20).
Andreas considered that if Ma'ruf, who is currently performing Hajj, indeed met Rizieq in Makkah, then it would be a good mediation process. Because according to him, Rizieq with FPI and other wing institutions are part of the strength that exists in this nation.
"So that in the political process, the election campaign, whoever provides support, we must absorb it," he said.
Volunteer Jokowi-Ma'ruf Amin also fully supported the Indonesian Work Coalition (KIK) approaching Habib Rizieq. The reason is that mass organizations such as the FPI are considered to have an influence on the vote acquisition in the 2019 presidential election.
"Volunteers themselves have no instructions to embrace organizations like FPI. But, anyone who supports Jokowi is welcomed with two hands, "Volunteer Jokowi Eka Prasetya said when contacted on Tuesday (8/21) afternoon.
On the one hand, said Eka, if Rizieq could be embraced it would be very useful to minimize divisions in society. Because, FPI which is considered as a radical community organization will certainly soften.
Eka said, the task of volunteering was still very difficult because there were still many people at the lowest level who still believed in the hoaks and slander alleged to Jokowi. The former Secretary General of Rejecting Radicalism (TOR) also considered that it was not wrong if HRS later supported the caregivers.
"For us, even if you can, don't just embrace FPI. But embracing all the people of Indonesia. We support the Jokowi Government for two periods, "said Eka.
General Chairperson of Hope Residents (Eve) Rudi Sinaga said, constitutionally it was not wrong if Rizieq arrived at the guard camp. Because, each community is protected by law in determining political attitudes.
"But I am sure that there must be pros and cons," he said.
Meanwhile, the supporters of Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno remain convinced, Habib Rizieq will provide support to Prabowo-Sandi. Deputy Chairman of the Gerindra Party Ferry Juliantono believes that the stronghold of Prabowo-Sandi has no problem with Rizieq.
"Habib Rizieq still supports us. The hope is that we will be there. We don't have a problem with Habib Rizieq," he said after CSIS's public discussion in Jakarta, Monday (8/20).
Meanwhile, Head of Public Relations and Legal Advocacy of the Democratic Party of the Democratic Party Ferdinand Hutahaean questioned the attitude of the coalition supporters of Jokowi-Ma'rufsoal with the impression of hoping for support from Habib Rizieq Shihab. According to him, PDIP is not beautiful as the bearer party hopes Rizieq's support.
"We are a bit embarrassed to see PDIP's political movement hoping that it will be supported by Habib Rizieq. We know that PDIP has been very anti-Rizieq all this time. In fact, there are differences of opinion, so it is not easy with Habib Rizieq," he said, Tuesday (8/21).
Ferdinand was of the view, if indeed PDIP hoped Rizieq's support, it would mean that the white snout bull party was inconsistent in acting all this time. That way, he continued, PDIP wants to justify any means to win this Presidential Election contest.
"It is not proper for PDIP to hope for the support of Habib Rizieq who has been connoted as a counter-opinion or political opponent. He hopes that political opponents will not be funny, not beautiful, inconsistent with his attitude and position," he said.
Ferdinand admitted, Rizieq had a big influence in the 2019 presidential election even though it was not significant in determining victory. The FPI leadership has real and large mass power, and is able to mobilize the public and opinions.
According to Ferdinand, it is natural for Rizieq to become a contested figure ahead of the presidential election contestation. "Because the name of politics certainly hopes that figures who have a real mass base will join and support," he explained.