The Case of Kaesang Pangarep
As it has been widely known Kaesang Pangarep (KP), the youngest son of President Jokowi has been reported by some one named Mohammad Hidayat (MH) to Police of Bekasi because KP is being considered to have called publicly a hate idea.
Media report has released the news that could be concluded, KP through his video blog (Vlog) has said the hated comment most of Indonesian youth now to have the character of “ndeso” a Jawanese terminology describing someone who is culturally backward, intellectually low, in general lack of knowledge and living in the backward village called in Jawanese language “deso”. MH considered KP to be insulting most young generation of Indonesia. MH is of the opinion KP to have generalize most of the Indonesian youth to have the individualist character and to think only for getting government project. This situation is described by KP in a vlog Papa minta Project.
Meanwhile through his vlog “Gantung Ahok” KP is also trying to reveal the political rivalry situation during the Regional Election of Jakarta that is considered by MH as provoking the religious conflicting situation (SARA conflict) among the religious society and likely KP was demonstrating as Ahok’s supporter. Because of this Vlog KP was reported to Police in Bekasi by MH considering KP to have distributed trough the electronic means the hated feeling among the Indonesian youth.
No legal action has been made bt the Police of Bekasi because KP is incidentally following the whole family joining President Jokowi who makes the State Visit to Turkey and Germany in a special VIP plane.
It is likely the case of KP being the son of the President to have invited conflicting attitude among the members of the society whether or not the case of KP to be processed legally or it is closed based on a certain reason.
There is likely the intention the case of KP to be closed based on the argument : first, the case of KP as reported by MH does not affect any criminal problem. The Jawanese word “ndeso” is only a joke so that it should not be necessary legally cared of. Beside of that, MH is apparently recorded as political activist who has the legal problem with the Jakarta Police that should be processed. Because of this MH will be called by the Police as the defendant on a hanging criminal problem in Jakarta and the case of KP will be put aside.
Second, Media report says the Police of Bekasi to have decided the case of KP would not be legally processed because the Police is of the opinion the Vlog of KP is not affecting any criminal action. Definitely MH is rejecting this argument, according to MH. the Jawanese word “ndeso” is definitely the terminology describing the low character of some one. The Jawanese word “ndeso” is definitely insulting some one.
Observer tends to suggest : first, this case should be used as the public education on the implementation of Law in this Country. The Government always reminds the people to prevent calling the hate speech.
Second, the legal problem raised by the society should be objectively judged by the Court of Justice. Definitely the Police is not the Court institution.
Third, accordingly the case of KP should be brought to Court of Justice. Fourth, the Jawanse word “ndeso” is not likely a “joke” the Jawanese word ”ndeso” is an insulting terminology to down grade other person. The final meaning of “ndeso” should be pertinently decided by te Court of Justice. This is just a suggestion, this is not definitely a demand. The idea of this suggestion is hoping everybody to think objectively.
*) Lieutenant General (Ret) Soedibyo, Political and Security Observer