Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok)
Ahok, as he is commonly known, is the first Governor of Jakarta to be of Chinese descent. Famous for his sharp tongue and intolerance of inept bureaucrats, he has become the darling of progressive Jakartans and the arch-enemy of the hardliners, particularly the Front Pembela Islam or FPI who face a crackdown on their illegal activities under his administration. He is one of the new progressive breed of Indonesian politicians cut from the same cloth as the current president, Joko Widodo and the Governor of Central Java, Ganjar Pranowo. So popular have his outbursts become, that he has more content regarding him uploaded to YouTube than any other Indonesian politician, including the current president.
AHOK Resmi Jadi Gubernur Jakarta - PARODI LAGU #gubernurAhok
Jokowi dan Basuki
The following few videos demonstrate how people power in the new Indonesia was able to garner together a movement which propelled a relatively unknown mayor from Solo in Central Java to the powerful position of Governor of Jakarta, confounding all the political pundits in the process.
Jokowi Basuki (Gangnam Style & Big Bang ) Parody
Jokowi dan Foke - TAKOTAK MISKUMIS
Gadis MutMut : 'Jokowi'
Gangnam Indonesia Style
Flash-mobs performing Gangnam Style have been appearing across the globe. Few, if any, have been as daring as the one in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta.
Not be be outdone, the Indonesian military organised to perform their own version of Gangnam Style as their contribution to Indonesia's 50th WWF celebrations.
Even President Obama and President Yudhoyono got in on the act ... Oppa Bambang Style!
And, finally, the Indonesian parody of Gangnam Style titled "Apa Enggak Mahal?"
Throughout 2013 a large group of activists have organised 'Flash Dances' around various Jakarta landmarks. Their efforts have also been replicated in other major cities in Java and even in far-flung islands such as Sumba in the Nusa Tenggara Timur province. Below are their performance in some Jakarta landmarks, including the world's largest landfill at Bantar Gebang in Bekasi.