President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s popularity ahead of the 2019 presidential elections will be affected if he does not move quickly to solve the acid attack against Corruption Eradication Commission senior investigator Novel Baswaden, The Jakarta Post Online reported.
“This is because Pak Jokowi’s main political promises were on human rights, abuse settlements and the fight against corruption. If neither are achieved, it could become Jokowi’s political grave,” said Dahnil Anzar Simanjuntak, chairman of the youth wing of Indonesia’s second biggest Islamic organization Muhammadiyah as quoted by kompas.com on Wednesday.
He said that the attack on Novel was not simply an attack on an individual, but an attack on Indonesia’s efforts to eradicate corruption.
Acid was thrown on Novel’s face as he walked home after performing a predawn prayer at Al-Ikhsan Mosque in Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta, on April 11, 2017.
After the attack, Novel was rushed to Mitra hospital in Kelapa Gading before being taken to the Jakarta Eye centre. Because the injury was so serious, he was later sent to Singapore for treatment.