JAKARTA, Aug. 11 (JDN.id) – Indonesian Police continues to monitor social media accounts that spread hate speeches and hoaxes ahead of the 2019 presidential election, a spokesman said.
The country of about 260 million people will hold simultaneous legislative and presidential elections next year, however the concern is more about the potential tension and division of the people during presidential election.
“We have been monitoring the social media (platforms and accounts) which spread hate speeches…by doing cyber patrol,” Brig. Gen. Muhammad Iqbal, a national police spokesman said on Friday in Jakarta as quoted by Suara.com.
Police have arrested members of such groups, namely Saracens and Muslim Cyber Army (MCA), who were spreading hate speeches and hoaxes through Whatsapp platform last year.
Their actions have created tension and division among the society in giving supports to top political figures, especially during Jakarta gubernatorial elections last year.
Iqbal called all members of the society to stay away from any statement which has the potential to divide the nation.
“We want all parties to commit in maintaining the integrity of the Republic of Indonesia,” Iqbal said.
Police also needs the cooperation from all stakeholders such as from the military, local governments, elements of religious leaders, teachers, and lecturers.
“We are celebrating this democracy. We will show the world that Indonesia’s democracy is incredible. Whoever elected is the choice of the people and we must respect,” Iqbal added, referring to next year’s presidential election.
Two pairs of president and vice president candidates have registered their candidacy to general elections commission KPU on Friday.
Incumbent president Joko Widodo, or Jokowi, and Ma’ruf Amin registered themselves to KPU on Friday morning, while Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno in the afternoon.