He believes that if he used buzzers, he would not receive sharp criticism on social media. #kbanews
JAKARTA | KBA – Presidential candidate number 1, Anies Baswedan, revealed that he never used buzzers during his tenure as the Governor of DKI Jakarta.
Anies made this statement in response to a question from a panelist in a discussion with the management of Persatuan Wartawan Indonesia (PWI) and the Press Council at the PWI Central Office, Kebon Sirih, Central Jakarta, on Friday, December 1, 2023.
He believes that if he used buzzers, he would not receive sharp criticism on social media.
“If I used buzzers, I wouldn’t have been battered like this. Because we are what we are, without buzzers, without all that, so it’s natural,” said Anies.
Anies admitted that he only prays for a long life so that he can respond to all his work with reality.
The former Minister of Education and Culture also firmly stated that he would not use buzzers if elected as President of Indonesia. According to him, this could damage democracy.
“We didn’t use buzzers while serving in Jakarta. So, we feel that in the future, God willing, they won’t be used, in my opinion, that’s destructive, very destructive,” he explained.
He explained that currently, the solution requires meetings and conversations to maintain freedom of expression so that it does not disappear.
Anies believes that by not using buzzers, he has instead received support from people who objectively see the results of his work.
This graduate of Universitas Gadjah Mada said that the space for criticism must be open because when the public offers criticism, they will await a response to their criticism. For the government, if criticized, it should reveal the facts in full.
“What we need from the media is for the media to be willing to provide space for both sides so that the public gets the criticism, the response, more criticism, and more responses, allowing the public to judge objectively,” he said.
“But if that space is closed, it’s troublesome, and in our view, the media should not be neutral but must be objective,” he concluded. (kba)