Chasing Snow in the Winter Wonderland

Karen is a consultant in Maverick, who has been working for almost three years. She has been handling clients from different industries, including Microsoft and Sennheiser. Karen is a big fan of the K-Pop culture and sceneries. In December 2016, she took her Personal Development Fund to visit South Korea, the country that she has been dreaming of. This is her journey.

Living in the hustle and bustle of the capital city for almost a quarter of a century, I had been aiming to spending some of my time off in a much more tranquil place. A place where I can soothe my mind and gratefully rejoice the magnificence of nature. I usually relish this dream by watching movies at times, movies with beautiful nature as the setting.

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Pers Indonesia di Era Kabar Bohong

Hoax atau kabar bohong makin merajalela. Tak hanya beredar di media sosial, wabah hoax bahkan sudah menjangkiti media-media yang dulunya dikenal sebagai produk jurnalistik andal dan tepercaya. Bukan hanya sekali dua kali media di Indonesia menerbitkan kabar bohong yang sumbernya dari situs parodi atau palsu.

Bagaimana pers harus bersikap? Fenomena hoax merupakan salah satu isu yang mengemuka pada Hari Pers Nasional (HPN), 9 Februari 2017. Perayaan puncak hari bersejarah ini dilakukan di Ambon dan dihadiri oleh Presiden Joko Widodo.

Hoax atau kabar bohong sebenarnya bukan isu baru, tetapi belakangan ini mencuat lagi karena dua hal, panasnya suhu politik dan popularitas media sosial. Di ranah politik, hoax dipakai sebagai bahan kampanye para kandidat untuk menjatuhkan lawannya. Praktik ini dimulai pada masa pemilihan presiden 2014 dan berlanjut di masa pemilihan kepala daerah serentak. Pilkada DKI Jakarta adalah salah satu perhelatan politik yang sangat diwarnai oleh peredaran hoax tentang ketiga pasangan calon.

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Media sosial, seperti Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, merupakan kanal informasi yang menjadi lahan subur merebaknya kabar bohong. Hoax beredar dari satu laman ke laman lain, dari satu media ke media lain, dari satu ruang obrolan digital ke ruang grup digital lainnya.

Berita bohong tentu tak boleh dibiarkan terus berkeliaran dan dikonsumsi publik karena berpotensi memicu gejolak sosial dan konflik horisontal. Banyak orang dan organisasi yang juga dirugikan karena dihajar berita bohong. Maraknya hoax bahkan telah mengurangi kepercayaan publik terhadap pers.

Peran pers yang kredibel dan bertanggung jawab sangat dibutuhkan dalam situasi seperti sekarang. Ini adalah momentum yang tepat bagi pers untuk merebut kembali kepercayaan masyarakat. Pers harus mampu meluruskan hal yang bengkok, menjernihkan kekeruhan yang terjadi di media sosial, dan tidak lantas ikut larut dan malah memungut isu-isu yang belum terverifikasi di media sosial sebagai bahan berita. Pers wajib tetap menjunjung tinggi etika jurnalistik, faktualitas, objektivitas, dan disiplin melakukan verifikasi.

 

Selamat Hari Pers Nasional.

Ketika jaket Jokowi menyihir publik

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Demonstrasi besar-besaran terjadi pada Jumat (4/11/2016) pekan lalu. Aksi unjuk rasa itu berlangsung aman dan damai, awalnya, lalu berubah sedikit rusuh pada malam hingga menjelang subuh. Tapi tiba-tiba perhatian netizens berubah saat Presiden Joko Widodo (Jokowi) pada saat konferensi pers menyikapi demonstrasi itu, Sabtu dinihari. Mereka membicarakan bomber jacket yang dikenakan presiden.

Sepanjang Jumat itu, media sosial ramai oleh komentar para pengguna mengenai jalannya aksi unjuk rasa menolak penistaan agama oleh Gubernur DKI Jakarta Basuki Tjahaja Purnama. Ini terlihat dari kemunculan beberapa tagar, seperti #demo411, #demo4november, dan #obrolanpendemo.

Linimasa Twitter diwarnai oleh obrolan pengguna yang memberikan penghargaan pada demonstrasi yang berlangsung secara tertib dan damai. Beberapa orang membagikan foto-foto lautan pengunjuk rasa di sepanjang jalan MH Thamrin, Medan Merdeka, Monas, dan Istana Negara. Beberapa akun bahkan menyebarkan foto-foto peserta demo yang membawa kantong plastik untuk tempat sampah.

Akun @poetrimutiara menyatakan, “dan bersyukur #demo411 ini berlangsung aman, damai dan tertib..tidak spt kebykan org yg menganggap provokasi belaka atau kepentingan politik.”

 

Akun @nihaqus menulis, “Slmt brdemo bg saudaraku ssama Muslim. Tunjukkan muka Islam yg damai bukan dengan sumpah serapah dan kata-kata yg tak mnyejukkan. #demo411

 

Akun @fahrul_anams menyatakan, “Alhamdulillah Demo Hari Ini Lancar Dan Damai, Seorang Bapak Bawa Kantong Plastik Shg Tdk Nyampah.”

 

Suasana yang sedikit membuat nyaman warga kota sepanjang siang hingga sore hari berubah menegangkan selepas Isya, ketika sebagian peserta demonstrasi bertahan di depan pintu Istana dan mendesak untuk masuk. Padahal aturannya, semua bentuk demonstrasi harus berhenti pada pukul 18.00. Pengunjuk rasa ditahan oleh aparat keamanan. Terjadi saling dorong dan lempar botol air mineral. Keributan kian mencemaskan ketika terjadi pembakaran mobil polisi.

Gagal masuk Istana, sebagian peserta unjuk rasa pindah menuju ke gedung DPR di Senayan, melewati jalan protokol Sudirman. Ketika massa berdemonstrasi di sinilah, muncul kerusuhan di dua tempat berbeda, di kawasan Luar Batang dan Penjaringan. Ada sekelompok orang yang mencegat mobil dan menjarah sebuah toko swalayan. Namun kerusuhan tak sempat meluas. Otoritas keamanan bertindak sigap dan berhasil meredakan ketegangan.

Akun @RadioElshinta melaporkan, “LIVE NOW! Pangdam Jaya, Mayjen Teddy Lhaksamana : yang terjadi di Luar Batang, Jakut sdh dpt diatasi petugas, sdh aman, tdk usah khawatir.”

 

Meski demikian, pada Jumat malam itu berseliweran rumor akan adanya kerusuhan dan penjarahan di tempat lain. Sebagian warga Jakarta mulai cemas. Mereka khawatir kerusuhan massal pada Mei 1998 akan terulang.

Muncullah tagar #SafetyCheckJkt di linimasa Twitter. Tanda pagar ini digunakan publik untuk mengetahui keadaan di seluruh pelosok Jakarta, mengecek mana daerah yang aman dan tidak.

Akun @Pandji menulis, “Pantau #safetycheckjkt utk mengetahui keadaan daerah2 di Jakarta.”

 

Aksi demonstrasi di depan DPR terus berlangsung. Desas-desus kian merayap. Ketegangan memuncak. Tepat tengah malam, Presiden Joko Widodo (Jokowi) menggelar konferensi pers. Dalam acara yang berlangsung kurang dari lima menit itu, Jokowi mengomentari beberapa hal, tentang aksi demonstrasi, sikapnya terhadap proses hukum Ahok, dan permintaan agar para pengunjuk rasa segera pulang ke rumah masing-masing.

Bagaimana reaksi di media sosial? Bukannya mengomentari isi pidato Jokowi, netizens justru membahas jaket yang dikenakan oleh presiden malam itu.

Akun @deroswunga berkomentar, “jadi hasil menyimak prescon dari bapak @jokowi ini adalah mencari tau merek dari jaket yang dipake oleh beliau.”

 

Akun @kmingyyu bertanya, “Jaket boomber yg dipake jokowi merek apa ya?”

 

Aku @miund menyebut, “yes, it was Pull & Bear, people. chill. “

 

Sedangkan menurut @bangaip, “bomber jacket-nya jokowi zara kayaknya ya.”

 

Karena terjadi perdebatan di linimasa, akun @amrazing menggelar japat (polling), “Oke. Mari selesaikan dengan polling: apa merk jaket pake jokowi?

 

Pembicaraan makin seru ketika putra Jokowi yang memiliki akun @kaesangp menulis, “Yg pengen tau jaketnya beli dmn, silahkan mampir @markobar1996 @MOMMILK_SOLO @CeKopi @Pastabuntel @CakarDheer @Chilli_Pari dulu.”

 

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Mengapa para pengguna media sosial lebih suka membahas jaket yang dipakai Jokowi?

Akun @teguhwicaksono menjawab, “karena lelah sama informasi negatif di momen itu, begitu ada yang berpotensi bisa jadi lucu-lucuan langsung gampang terdistribusi.”

 

Akun @devieriana menulis, “karena sudah pada bosen rusuh, dan butuh piknik.”

 

Akun @thinpices “Uda eneg lihat mereka2 yang menggunakan agama untuk kepentingan politik.”

 

Akun @amasna menjawab, “karena perlu penyegaran.”

 

Akun @arundhatishint_ menulis, “karena jaket pak presiden lagi hits dikalangan anak muda setahun belakangan ini …”

 

Akun @DollySW menyatakan, “Soalnya bikin penasaran dan akhirnya beli, termasuk saya.”

 

Percakapan tentang jaket Jokowi membuat tiga toko Zara yang di tiga mal Jakarta, yakni Pondok Indah Mall, Grand Indonesia dan Plaza Indonesia, kehabisan stok bomber jacket dalam tempo satu hari.

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Cepatnya perubahan pembicaraan dari isu demonstrasi ke jaket Jokowi mencerminkan bagaimana anak Indonesia berpikir dan bereaksi terhadap perkembangan politik dan kekerasan di sekitarnya. Benarkah mereka sudah bosan pada politik dan mencari topik lain yang lebih menarik? Apakah menurut mereka perkara busana lebih penting daripada urusan negara?

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The explosive power of Jokowi’s jacket

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Jakarta ground to a halt when tens of thousands staged a protest demonstration outside the Presidential Palace last Friday. The protest was mostly peaceful but when the sun went down there were some sporadic incidents of violence, raising for some the specter of the riots of 1998.

All Friday, the day of the demonstration, Netizens were focused on the goings on at the demonstration but shortly after midnight after President Jokowi held a press conference about the demonstration, the focus shifted dramatically to an unlikely object. Jokowi’s jacket.

Throughout Friday, social media was filled with comments from users with hashtags such as #demo411, #demo4november, and #obrolanpendemo.

Twitter was full of praises for the demonstrators for conducting their protest in an orderly and peaceful manner. Some shared photographs of the ocean of protesters on Jalan MH Thamrin, Merdeka Square, the National Monument, and around the National Palace. Others posted photographs of volunteers carrying plastic bags for trash.

@poetrimutiara said he was, “grateful that #demo411 proceeded safely, peacefully and orderly even though most people thought they would be merely provocative or acting on behalf of political interests.”

 

@nihaqus wrote: “Greetings to my Muslim brothers who are joining the rally. Show the face of Islam that is peaceful, not the one that is full of curses and inflammatory words. # Demo411 ”

 

@fahrul_anams added: “Thank God Today’s demo was smooth and peaceful. A man is also seen carrying plastic garbage banks so that there is no littering.”

 

The amicable feeling about the demonstration turned tense after evening prayers when some of the demonstrators massed outside the entrance to the presidential palace and insisted on being let in. The police permit they had obtained had stipulated that they needed to disperse at 6 PM. Some protesters were detained by the security forces. This was followed by the shoving and throwing of water bottles at the police. The commotion increased when some police cars were torched.

Denied entry into the palace, some demonstrators moved toward the parliament building in Senayan via Jalan Sudirman. As a crowd massed there two riots broke out in Luar Batang and Penjaringan. There was a group of people who intercepted cars and looted a supermarket. But the police acted swiftly and the unrest was contained soon after without a chance of spreading.

@RadioElshinta reported: “LIVE NOW! Jakarta Military Commander, Major General Teddy Lhaksamana: Officers have pacified Luar Batang, it is now safe, don’t worry.”

 

In spite of this the rumors flew fast and furious that there was riots and looting had broken out elsewhere, worrying some Jakarta residents that they may see a repeat of the 1998 riots.

At this juncture Netizens introduced the #SafetyCheckJkt hashtag on Twitter, so that all users can inform each other which areas are safe and which not.

@Pandji wrote: “Monitor #safetycheckjkt to know the status of places in in Jakarta.”

 

In spite of this rumors kept flying and tensions escalated. Then, at midnight President Jokowi held a press conference that lasted five minutes.

Jokowi assured everyone that things were under control. He spoke about the demonstrations and the legal process that Ahok would have to undergo. He also urged all demonstrators that were still on the streets to return home.

What was the reaction on social media? Instead of commenting on the content of the speech, Netizens focused instead on the jacket worn by the president that night.

@deroswunga: “The conclusion from listening to @jokowi’s press conference: finding out the brand of the jacket worn by him.”

 

@kmingyyu asked, “what is the brand of Jokowi’s bomber jacket?”

 

@miund had an answer: “yes, it was Pull & Bear, people. chill. ”

 

@bangaip, however thought differently: “His bomber jacket was from Zara, I think.”

 

To settle this difference of opinion @amrazing had a japat (Indonesian for poll): “Okay. Let’s settle this with a poll: what brand was Jokowi’s jacket?”

 

The obsession with Jokowi’s jacket went up a notch when his son Kaesang (@kaesangp) wrote: “Anyone wants to know where to buy the jacket check out @ markobar1996 @MOMMILK_SOLO @CeKopi @Pastabuntel @Chilli_Pari @CakarDheer.”

 

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Why were Netizens so engrossed with Jokowi’s jacket?

@teguhwicaksono said: “Because people are tired of the same tired, negative information so any amusing distraction is welcomed.”

 

@devieriana wrote:”Because we are bored with violence and need a picnic.”

 

@thinpices “Tired of seeing those who use religion for political purposes.”

 

@amasna said: “because the situation needs some refreshing.”

 

@arundhatishint_ wrote, “because the jacket the President wore has been a hit among youths this past year.”

 

@DollySW Account states, “Because it made people curious. In the end I bought the jacket.”

 

The jacket conversations were a windfall for three Zara outlets in Pondok Indah Mall, Grand Indonesia and Plaza Indonesia where their entire stocks of Jokowi bomber jackets were sold out. cwb1ratveaera6v

This priority of trivia over serious issues is an interesting reflection of how the young people in Indonesia think and react to politics and violence around them. Are they so jaded by the politicking that they need to seek other distractions? Or are they so shallow-minded that a garment takes precedence over important affairs of the State?

 

Photo: Antara and @bangaip

 

 

Hoax Beredar, Publik Waspada

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Kabar bohong (hoax) terus beredar di dunia maya dan kian intensif belakangan ini. Disebar dari satu akun ke akun lain, berpindah dari Facebook ke Twitter, Twitter ke grup WhatsApp , informasi yang tak jelas sumbernya itu membayangi aksi demonstrasi besar-besar di kawasan Istana Negara pada 4 November 2016. Namun publik makin waspada.

Unjuk rasa yang diikuti oleh berbagai organisasi massa itu dipicu oleh tuduhan penistaan agama oleh Gubernur Jakarta Basuki Tjahaja Purnama alias Ahok–tuduhan yang masih diselidiki oleh kepolisian.

Beberapa kabar bohong yang beredar di media sosial dalam sebulan terakhir, antara lain akan adanya kerusuhan besar di beberapa titik, seperti seperti di Balai Kota, Monas, Bekasi, Tangerang, dan lainnya.

Pesan yang ini beredar di WhatsApp dan Facebook menyertakan surat berisi arahan wakil komandan Brimob kepada intelijen dan pengamanan internal terkait pengamanan unjuk rasa besar yang rencananya dilakukan 4 November mendatang.

Kepolisian telah mengeluarkan pengumuman di Twitter resmi mereka dan menegaskan kabar tersebut bohong belaka. Akun @DivHumasPolri milik Divisi Humas Polri menyatakan, “Selamat Pagi Mitra Humas,Mohon Tidak Terprovokasi Pesan Berantai Yang Tidak Jelas Asal Usulnya. #Divhumaspolri.”

Hoax lain yang beredar adalah salindia (slideshow) presentasi yang seolah-olah dibuat oleh Kapolri Tito Karnavian. Isi presentasi, Tito memerintahkan aparat polisi memeriksa politikus Partai Amanat Nasional Amien Rais terkait dengan Pemilihan Gubernur DKI Jakarta. Kepolisian telah membantah kabar ini.

Akun @AmbarNingsih menyatakan, “Awas berita HOAX! cc: @DivHumasPolri

Para pengguna media sosial tampaknya belajar dari masa lalu. Mereka makin mampu membedakan mana informasi yang valid dan hoax. Mereka juga saling mengingatkan lingkaran teman masing-masing agar tak mudah percaya pada semua informasi yang beredar di berbagai kanal media sosial dan aplikasi percakapan, seperti WhatsApp.

Komisaris Telkom Margiyono, pemilik akun @akumegi, menulis, “Awas hoax!”

Akun @KawanuaProAhok menulis, “Ternyata Istiqlal sepi. Awas warga Jkt jgn terprovokasi berita hoax #nggakikutdemo.”

Akun @Joe_Lumelle mengingatkan, “awas ati2 banyak yg hobby fitnah. pinter2 pake medsos. kalo liat link berita dibaca, liat sumbernya kredibel gak.”

Semangat menangkal hoax dan mendinginkan suasana yang memanas pada saat aksi unjuk rasa, bahkan telah mendorong para pengguna media sosial menyebarkan pesan-pesan damai, poster, dan meme.

Akun @GunRomli milik Mohamad Guntur Romli yang dikenal sebagai pendukung Ahok menulis, “Saya #NggakIkutDemo krn saat Ahok diserang Al-Maidah 51 wkt Pilgub Babel, Gus Dur menetralisir dgn al-Hujurat 13. Al-fatihah unt Gus Dur.”

Akun @newsaedong menyatakan, “Jika kamu membenci orang yang berbeda Agama dengan kamu. Berarti yang kamu pertuhankan itu bukan Allah tapi Agama. Gus Dur ~ #NggakIkutDemo.”

Sedangkan akun @dyahayu21 menyatakan, “Boleh demo tapi yang bijak pakbapak disana… #JakartakuDamai.

Akun @asevmuslimovic menulis, “Nongkrong belakang rumah #nggakikutdemo.

Sempat muncul juga tagar parodi #BakalIkutDemo yang sempat masuk daftar Trending Topic untuk mendinginkan linimasa.

Salah satunya ditulis oleh akun @CicihMel, “#BakalIkutDemo kalo yg didemo mereka yg upload foto captionnya “gendutan” padahal badannya udah kaya lidi @bayu_joo @daraprayoga_.

Akun @oktorairahadi menulis, “#BakalIkutDemo kami bersatu pasti hadir.”

Dari fenomena ini terlihat bahwa meski hoax masih terus beredar, terutama pada peristiwa besar, publik sudah jengkel dan mulai menolaknya. Mereka tak mau terkecoh oleh informasi yang menyesatkan dan menebar kepanikan.

Ini seperti yang ditulis akun @ariston_boy, “Kita rakyat sudah cerdas,tidak akan mudah terprovokasi dengan isu murahan” #JihadGwKerja

Media sosial adalah berkah sekaligus musibah. Ia berkah bagi orang-orang yang membutuhkan informasi, sekaligus musibah karena mengakibatkan penggunanya kebanjiran informasi. Banjir informasi melahirkan residu yang dikenal dengan sebutan hoax. Diperlukan kedewasaan dan literasi yang baik agar publik mampu menahan diri agar tak mudah membagikan hoax yang menyesatkan dan memicu kepanikan.

Public Cautiousness Increases as Hoaxes Spread in Numbers

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Hoaxes that spread on the internet are increasing in numbers these days; from one account to another, through various platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp. Most of the information revolved around the protest at the State Palace on November 4th 2016. The public, however, are getting more cautious.

The protest -attended by various mass organizations- is triggered by a comment from the Governor of DKI Jakarta, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok) which was deemed to be blasphemous. Police investigation is currently underway to determine the case.

The hoaxes that were spread around in social media during the last month stated stated there will be major riots in several location namely the City Hall, National Monument (Monas), Bekasi, Tangerang, etc.

On WhatApp and Facebook, a letter allegedly from the vice commander of Indonesian Police Paramilitary Unit (Brigade Mobil or Brimob) instructing intelligence and security unit to prepare for the protest today.

The Indonesian police have stated in their official Twitter account that the letter is only a hoax. The Public Affairs Division of Indonesian Police account (@DivHumasPolri) also issued a statement that the public should not get provoked by unconfirmed chain messages.

Another hoax post even included a slideshow that was allegedly made by The Chief of Police, Tito Karnavian. The content shows that Tito asked his men to interrogate Amien Rais, politician from the National Mandate Party (PAN) regarding the Jakarta Governor election. The Police have dismissed this hoax as well.

A netizen, @AmbarNingsing stated, “be careful of Hoax news cc@DivHumasPolri.”

Looking at today’s development, we can see that social media users seem to learn from the past. They can differentiate between valid information and a hoax. They also remind their friends to not to trust every information that was spread on social media and chat applications such as WhatsApp.

Margiyono, Telkom Commissioner (@akumegi) wrote, “Beware of hoax!”

@KawanuaProAhok wrote, “Istiqlal is empty. Jakartans should not get provoked by hoax news #nggakikutdemo. (I am not coming to the rally)”

@Joe_Lumelle reminds, “Be careful there’s a lot slanders in social media. Make sure you read news from credible sources.”

The collective effort to prevent the hoax from spreading and to cool the atmosphere during the rally has pushed the netizen to spread messages of peace, posters, and memes instead.

Muhammad Guntur Romli (@GunRomli), an avid Ahok supporter stated, ”I won’t join the rally because when Ahok is getting attacked with Koran Verse Al-Maidah 51 during the Banga Belitung election, Gus Dur neutralise the situation with Koran Verse Al-Hujurat 13. Al Fatihah for Gus Dur.”

@Newsaedong stated, “if you hate the people that has a different religion than yours, then you actually worship the religion not Allah – Gus Dur #nggakikutdemo (I am not coming to the rally).”

@DyahAyu21 stated, “You can demonstrate but please be wise ….#JakartakuDamai (Peaceful Jakarta).”

@asevmuslimovic wrote, ”I’m just going to chill at the back of my home #nggakikutdemo (I am not coming to the rally).”

Some netizens also created a parody hashtag #BakalIkutDemo (I am coming to the rally) that makes it to the Trending Topic to cool off the timeline.

One of them is written by @CicihMel, “#BakalIkutDemo if the one getting demonstrated are those who put “getting fatter” as their caption but they’re as skinny as a rake @bayu_joo @daraprayoga.”

@Oktorairahadi wrote, “#BakalIkutDemo we’ll be attending.” While posting a picture which consisted the list of street hawkers often present during demonstration.

Even though hoaxes are here to stay, especially during major events, we can see that the public has gotten annoyed and has started to reject it. They don’t want to get deceived by false information and spread panic.

This is much like written by @ariston_boy, “We, the people, are smart. We’re not getting provoked by cheap issue #JihadGwKerja (My Jihad is Working).”

Social media is a double-edged sword. It provides information, and at some points it overloaded you with information. Hoax is the residue of this information. Each one of us needs the maturity and literacy to understand, so we won’t spread hoaxes that could lead to panic.

Lebaran Kuda SBY Jadi Kelakar

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Sekarang adalah Tahun Monyet dalam Kalender Tiongkok. Namun di Indonesia, orang justru sedang demam “Tahun Kuda”. Ini gara-gara pada Senin lalu Jokowi dan Prabowo melakukan “diplomasi kuda” dan Rabu kemarin muncul istilah “lebaran kuda.”

“Lebaran kuda” dan “Pak SBY” memicu histeria pengguna media sosial dan masuk trending topic Twitter setelah Ketua Umum Partai Demokrat Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono menggelar konferensi pers di kediamannya, di Cikeas.

Dalam acara tersebut, SBY menyatakan bahwa pemerintah harus mendengar aspirasi masyarakat yang akan berunjuk rasa pada 4 November menuntut agar proses hukum terhadap Gubernur DKI Jakarta Basuki T. Purnama–yang dituduh menistakan agama–tetap dilanjutkan.

Yudhoyono menyatakan aksi unjuk rasa besar pasti dipicu oleh suatu sebab. Apabila tuntutan si pengunjuk rasa tak pernah diakomodir, unjuk rasa akan tetap ada. “Barangkali karena mereka merasa yang diprotes itu tuntutannya tidak didengar. Kalau tuntutannya tidak didengar, sampai lebaran kuda bakal ada unjuk rasa,” kata Yudhoyono.

Istilah “lebaran kuda” itulah yang membuat ranah Twitter tertawa, karena secara resmi hanya ada dua jenis lebaran, yaitu Idulfitri dan Iduladha. Orang Indonesia biasanya memakai istilah “lebaran monyet” untuk bercanda saja, bukan “lebaran kuda,” yang sesungguhnya tidak pernah ada.

“Sejak dulu gw tau ada sebutan Lebaran Monyet. Klo lebaran kuda br tau dr pak SBY nih :))) .. tulis akun @x_catra

 

Akun @annisanggaraa menulis, “Karena pak SBY kita akhirnya punya lebaran kuda yihaa

 

Akun @buset1975 bahkan membuat meme dan menulis, “Duileee mentang2 mo lebaran kuda.”

 

Akun @digembok menulis, “Selamat Hari Raya Lebaran Kuda -dinasti cikeas #SBYPanik

 

Sinisme dan kelakar yang muncul itu merupakan bentuk prasangka publik yang mencurigai Yudhoyono sedang membantu usaha anaknya.

Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono (AHY), anak sulung Yudhoyono, adalah salah satu kandidat gubernur DKI Jakarta. Menurut hasil sementara lembaga-lembaga, popularitas Agus masih di bawah gubernur petahana Basuki T Purnama (Ahok). Seandainya Ahok diadili, otomatis peluang Agus membesar.

Ini seperti yang ditulis akun @KeongKecill milik Andika M Halimaking, “Mungkin sby takut anaknya kalah makanya dia turun gunung :v 10 tahun masih kurang #SBYsudahlah

 

Namun, para pendukung dan simpatisan Yudhoyono mengingatkan agar netizens tak terkecoh oleh lelucon lebaran kuda. Mereka menilai bahwa pemimpinnya sedang mengingatkan aparat hukum agar menjalankan tugas menangani perkara dugaan penistaan agama oleh Ahok. Jadi jangan dirisak.

Akun @antikonsultanpr menulis, “Jadi sekarang skenario konsultanpolitik2 pemerintah mau spin SBY biang kerok kasus penistaan agama oleh Ahok, gile lu ndro …”

 

Akun @Bangsa2000 milik Idan Setyawan menulis, “Ada saja pihak Yang menyudutkan.SBY Setelah Putra sulungnya AHY maju Pilkada, bentuk ketakutan sudah melanda dan panik.”

 

Apa pun komentar publik, sulit dimungkiri bahwa pernyataan Yudhoyono di depan publik berpotensi menaikkan lagi suhu politik. Pada saat situasi sedang memanas seperti sekarang, pernyataan Yudhoyono bisa diartikan lain.

Dia seolah mendukung dugaan bahwa Ahok bersalah telah menista agama dan layak dihukum. Padahal sebagai tokoh nasional dan ketua partai politik besar, Yudhoyono sebaiknya mengambil posisi netral dan tak memberikan pernyataan yang provokatif.

Padahal menurut akun @sy_haris milik peneliti senior dan analis politik dari Lembaga Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia (LIPI) Syamsuddin Haris yang memiliki 4.800 pengikut, “Dalam kondisi politik yang sedang keruh, para pemimpin politik dan agama mestinya memberi pernyataan menyejukkan, bukan malah memprovokasi.”

 

Pernyataan Presiden Indonesia ke-6 kemarin menimbulkan sejumlah pertanyaan di tengah memanasnya situasi politik menjelang pilkada serentak.

Apakah hukum akan ditegakkan setelah SBY menggunakan haknya untuk berpendapat? Apakah dia sedang berusaha mendongkrak peluang anaknya dalam kontestasi Pilkada Jakarta? Ataukah SBY berlebihan, bukannya membantu menyelesaikan, melainkan malah menambah masalah?

Bagaimana menurut Anda?

 

Did the Horse make a monkey out of SBY?

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It might be the Year of the Monkey in the Chinese cosmology but where Indonesians are concerned this might as well be the Year of the Horse.

Hot on the heels of the show of Equestrian Diplomacy by Jokowi and Prabowo on Monday, canters in a new horsey concept “Lebaran Kuda” (Literally, the holy day of Eid for Horses).

The phrase sent Netizens into hysterics and propelled Lebaran Kuda and Pak SBY into Trending Topics on Twitter all Wednesday.

The source of all this mirth came from a press conference held by Democratic party Head and former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at his country home in Cikeas.

He told the media that the Government needed to listen to the aspirations of the people who would be demonstrating on November 4 to demand that Jakarta Governor Basuki Purnama or Ahok, be legally prosecuted for disrespecting islam.

Yudyohono said that the huge demonstration must have a cause. If this is not accommodated there will be further demonstrations. “Probably this is because the protesters felt that their complaints haven’t been heard. If their complaints are not heard we will have demonstrations until the cows come home (Ok, this is tricky, the equivalent English phrase is “till the cows come home” but in Indonesian it is usually expressed in using another animal, the monkey as in Lebaran Monyet or the Eid of Monkeys).

Yudohono’s choice of animal, the horse as in Lebaran Kuda, reaped scorn and derision from Netizens. As far as Indonesians are concerned there are two official “eid” holidays Idulfitri and Iduladha. Colloquially Indonesians jokingly use the phrase “Lebaran Monyet” but no one says Lebaran Kuda.

“From before I know only of Lebaran Monyet. I’ve only known that there’s a Lebaran Kuda from SBY :000,” says X-catra

 

@annisanggaraa wrote: “Because Pak SBY owns a lebaran kuda yihaa

 

@buset1975 came up with a meme and wrote: “Wow! We are about to have a Lebaran Kuda.”

 

@digembok was more acidic: “Selamat Hari Raya Lebaran Kuda -dinasti cikeas #SBYPanik

 

Cynicism and derision that appeared most probably because the netizens felt that Yudhoyono’s statement was aimed at helping his eldest son,Harimurti Agus Yudhoyono (AHY) who is one of the candidates contesting the upcoming gubernatorial elections against Ahok.

According to several polls, Argus’s popularity is just below Ahok so if Ahok was taken out of the race through being found guilty of blasphemy, Agus’s electoral chances will be greatly enhanced.

Andika M Halimaking (@KeongKecill) observed: “Maybe SBY is afraid of his son losing and that’s why he came down the mountain :v. Still lacking 10 years #SBYsudahlah

 

Yudhoyono supporters and sympathisers, however, wasted no time telling Netizens not to be affected by jokes about Lebaran Kuda. SBY, they said, was only reminding law enforment officers

To process the allegations of blaspheny against Ahok. So he should not be bullied.

@antikonsultanpr wrote: “So now we have a scenario in which the government’s political consultants want to spin it so that SBY is blamed for Ahok’s prosecution. You guys are crazy…”

 

Idan Setyawan (@Bangsa2000) added: “There are forces that want to corner SBY after his eldest son makes progress in the gubernatorial elections. Looks like fear and panic has begun to spread.”

 

Others said that it can’t be denied that SBY’s statement has the potential of raising political tensions since he seemed to support the contention that Ahok is guilty of blasphemy and eligible to be sentenced. As a national figure and the head of a political party SBY would be better off adopting a neutral rather than provocative position regarding Ahok.

Such views were forwarded by people such as LIPI senior political analyst Syamsuddin Haris @sy_haris (4.800 followers): . “In a an atmosphere of heightening political tensions political and religious leaders should issue statements to calm people down, not provoke them”

 

All this raises important questions on the role of ex Presidents in an atmosphere of heightening political tensions surrounding the gubernatorial elections.

Was SBY right to speak up so that then law would be enforced? Was he doing it to increase the electoral chances of his son? Or did he step out of line and added to the problems rather than help solve them?

What do you think?

 

Diplomasi Kuda ala Jokowi dan Prabowo

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Kami melanjutkan serial tulisan tentang apa yang terjadi di media sosial. Hari ini Ndoro Kakung menulis tentang reaksi netizen terhadap diplomasi kuda Jokowi.

By Ndoro Kakung

Presiden Joko Widodo berkunjung ke rumah Ketua Umum Partai Gerindra Prabowo Subianto di Bojong Koneng, Bogor, Senin (31/10/2016). Pertemuan kedua elite politik tersebut membuat riuh ranah media sosial.

Pertemuan dua seteru politik pada pemilihan presiden 2014 ini adalah yang kedua. Kata kunci “Prabowo” bahkan sempat masuk dalam daftar trending topic Twitter dari pagi hingga malam kemarin. Sebagian besar netizens menyambut positif pertemuan dua elit politik yang pernah bersaing dalam Pemilu Presiden 2014, meski ada juga yang memaknai lebih jauh pertemuan tersebut.

Baik pendukung Jokowi maupun Prabowo, terlihat senang menyaksikan kedua tokoh yang secara politik berseberangan itu pun sampai sekarang masih menjalin hubungan yang baik, tanpa konflik besar. Nara pendukung Jokowi juga menafsirkan pertemuan itu sebagai langkah politik presiden yang brilian.

Akun @zie_ananta misalnya mengaku begini, “Pak @jokowi @prabowo saya senang lihat foto ini, saya takut naik kuda, tapi saya suka topi bapak berdua .”

Akun @Yosefen_A bahkan menilai, “Jokowi ke hambalang itu ibarat jenderal perang ke tempat musuh berkemah. Ngetes nyali komandan lawan.”

Ada yang mengatakan Indonesia beruntung memiliki Jokowi dan Prabowo, karena selama ini para elite politik yang pernah berseteru jarang melakukan silaturahmi, tidak saling berkunjung ke kediaman resmi masing-masing. Presiden Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono dan Presiden Megawati, misalnya, belum pernah berjumpa lagi dalam suasana yang akrab sejak Ketua Umum Partai Demokrat itu mengalahkan Ketua Umum PDIP itu dalam pemilihan presiden 2004.

Dari sisi komunikasi politik, safari politik Jokowi ke rumah Prabowo boleh dikatakan berhasil, dengan respons Netizen yang melihat Jokowi menunjukkan kepada publik bahwa hubungan baik dengan lawan politik masih tetap terjaga, bukan dengan retorika belaka, tetapi juga dengan kunjungan langsung ke rumahnya. Ini semakin menegaskan citra bahwa Jokowi adalah figur yang bertindak, bukan berbicara.

Akun Twitter @ubegebe1 yang memiliki lebih dari 13 ribu pengikut bahkan menyebut Jokowi sedang melakukan politik ‘high context’. Jokowi menemui Prabowo. Dilanjutkan dengan SBY menemui Wiranto.

 

Keberhasilan langkah Jokowi bisa dilihat dari turunnya ketegangan di kalangan pengguna media sosial yang selama ini terbelah dalam dua kubu, yang sejak pemilu presiden 2014 hingga sekarang, saling serang di media sosial.

Bahkan publik percaya bahwa diplomasi kuda Jokowi-Prabowo akan menurunkan suhu politik nasional, seperti yang ditwitkan oleh akun mantan pengurus Golkar Indra J Piliang, @IndraJPiliang. “Diplomasi naik kuda yg dilakukan Pak Jokowi dan Pak Prabowo bakal jadi suhu pendingin udara politik yg kini memanas. Lakukan dialog!”

 

Baik kubu pendukung Jokowi maupun Prabowo, sama-sama menyebut keduanya sebagai negarawan yang lebih mengutamakan kepentingan bangsa dibanding kepentingan pribadi.

@ferrywar (Arsitek Ferry Wardiman) menyebut peristiwa itu sebagai, “ Satu langkah rendah hati Jokowi, disambut dengan sikap positif kenegarawanan Prabowo, cukup membuat terlihat siapa yang di luar kalangan.”

 

Akun @DheaMerlinda mengatakan, “Kami bangga Padamu jendral,sikap kenegarawanan yg patut d contoh.Walau d khianati tp tdk menyimpan dendam.@prabowo

 

Sedangkan Arief Pribadi Lubis, penyiar Radio Most Medan pemilik akun @arief_badil, mengatakan Pak Jokowi sungguh seorang negarawan yang rendah hati yang menyempatkan waktu sowan ke Pak Prabowo

 

Reaksi positif itu besar kemungkinan juga dipengaruhi oleh laporan media dan foto-foto pertemuan yang menggambarkan suasana santai, akrab, kekeluargaan, dan penuh canda.

Suasana santai itu bisa dibaca dari laporan akun resmi milik Kantor Staf Presiden @KSPgoid. “Suasana akrab sangat terasa saat Presiden @jokowi bersilaturahim dengan @prabowo di kediamannya, Bojong Koneng, Bogor #BertemuPrabowo

Banyaknya pengguna media sosial yang membagikan foto-foto Jokowi dan Prabowo naik kuda bersama itu menegaskan kepiawaian komunikasi politik tim pendukung Jokowi, baik melalui bahasa tubuh dan foto-foto –semua dengan dukungan media sosial.

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Photo: Kantor Staff Presiden

Political horseplay: The Equestrian Diplomacy of Jokowi and Prabowo

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We continue with an occassional series of posts on what’s happening in the Netizenry of Indonesia. In today’s post, Ndoro Kakung assesses the impact of Jokowi’s horse-riding diplomacy on the Netizens and their reaction toward the political horseplay.

 

Indonesia’s social media users were all abuzz when President Jokowi pranced into the homestead of Gerindra party chairman Prabowo Subianto in Bogor on Monday.

It was the second public meeting between the political rivals since their showdown during the presidential elections in 2014. This meeting of political elites propelled the word “Prabowo” into a Trending Topic on Twitter for most of the day. The responses were generally positive but some Netizens read much more into the meeting than others.

Both Jokowi and Prabowo supporters seemed pleased that the political opponents were able to rise above their rivalry and maintain cordial relations but Jokowi supporters also interpreted the move as evidence of the President’s political acumen.

@zie_ananta, for example, said: “Pak @jokowi @prabowo I like to see this photo (of Jokowi and Prabowo on horseback). I’m afraid to ride a horse, but I like the hats you wear.”

 

@Yosefen_A, “Jokowi’s passage to Hambalang is like a war general riding into the enemy’s camp. Testing the courage of the opponent’s commander. ”

Other Netizens said Indonesia is fortunate to have Jokowi and Prabowo as leaders because usually opposing political elites who’ve clashed with each other rarely patched up (silathurami) by visiting each other’s official residences. They named former Presidents Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Megawati as examples of leaders who could not come to friendly terms after the Chairman of the Democratic Party defeated the Chairman of the PDIP in the 2004 presidential elections.

From the perspective of political communications, Jokowi’s “safari” to Prabowo’s home seems to have paid off with Netizens looking at Jokowi as a politician not only given to political rhetoric but willing to take pains to nurture his relationship with a political opponent by visiting his house. This further reinforces Jokowi’s intended image as a Man of Action.

@ubegebe1 (13,000 followers) said: The javanese are playing “high context” politics. Jokowi meets Prabowo. This is folowed by SBY meeting Wiranto

 

What Jokowi’s gesture seems to have achieved is a lowering of tensions between Netizen supporters of the Jokowi and Prabowo camps, who have been polarized and at each other’s virtual throats since the 2014 elections.

Former Golkar official Indra J Piliang, @IdraJPiliang, for instance tweeted: “The horse-riding diplomacy conducted by Jokowi and Prabowo should cool the rising political temperature. Make a dialogue! ”

 

Supporters from both camps hailed both leaders as statesmen who prioiritzed the national interest over their own.

@ferrywar, an account belonging to architect Ferry Wardiman, proclaimed the event as, “One humble step by Jokowi met with statesman-like positivity by Prabowo, visible to everyone anyone outside the circle.”

 

@DheaMerlinda added: “We are proud of you General for being statesman-like. Although you’ve been betrayed you do not bear a grudge @Prabowo

 

Radio Most Medan broadcaster Arief Lubis (@arief_badil) praised Jokowi as a humble statesman who took time to pay a courtesy call to Prabowo

 

The positive reaction of the Netizens was probably influenced by media reports that carried stories and photographs portraying the meetings as relaxed, intimate and familial.

This was also the impression that the Presidential Staff (@KSPgoid ) wanted to convey as seen in its tweet, accompanied with a photo of both men on horseback: “The intimate atmosphere when President @jokowi visited with @prabowo at his residence, Koneng Bojong, Bogor #BertemuPrabowo”

Many social media users shared the Government’s tweeted photo of both men on horseback, giving credence to the belief that Jokowi’s team are masters at political communication, through use of gestures and images, all assisted by social media.

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Photo: Kantor Staff Presiden

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