Palembang, S Sumatra (ANTARA News) - Indonesian presidential candidate Joko Widodo (Jokowi) joined a mass gymnastic performance along with several thousand members of the "Srikandi (Heroines of) Jokowi-Maruf Amin" pair here on Saturday.
The incumbent presidents wife, Iriana, also joined in the mass gymnastic performance, held at the Jakabaring Sports City that also served as a venue for several events of the 2018 Asian Games.
"This morning, I am so happy to see you all look healthy. All women in Palembang City, in South Sumatra Province, and in other parts of the country are also healthy," Jokowi remarked in his speech.
The president also ordered all members of the Srikandi Jokowi-Maruf Amin pair to go door-to-door to information and alert the people about groundless information and fake news on various issues that potentially create misunderstanding about the government.
Jokowi then highlighted several rumors that should be clarified and explained, including a plan to ban the Islamic call for prayer (azan) from mosques and legalize marriages of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) couples.
"We have religious and social norms. This is indeed fake news that needs to be clarified to our people," he remarked, adding that it was impossible for the Indonesian Government to ban "azan" from mosques and to legalize marriages of LGBT couples.
Jokowi affirmed that regardless of who governs Indonesia, it would be impossible to ban azan from mosques, as Indonesia has the worlds largest Muslim population.
"Hence, there is a need to deny these hoaxes and tender an explanation," he emphasized.
Several cabinet members, including Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi, Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono, and Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, also took part in the mass gymnastic performance.
Deputy Chairman of the Jokowi-Maruf Amin pairs National Campaign Team Abdul Kadir Karding and Chairman of the South Sumatra Campaign Team for the Jokowi-Maruf Amin pair Syahrial Usman were also seen among the participants of the mass gymnastic event.
Source: Antara News