KUALA LUMPUR: Indonesian nationals working in Malaysia are equally anxious to know the final result of their country’s presidential election after both candidates claimed victory based on quick counts.
A large group of Indonesian workers were at the Indonesian embassy in Jalan Tun Razak here yesterday afternoon seeking various services, but there was more on their minds.
A victory announcement was first made by Joko Widodo, known by his nickname Jokowi, only to be followed by another one from his opponent Prabowo Subianto.
Domestic helper Ida Ropi, 48, was rooting for Jokowi, and hoped that the official result, slated to be released on July 22, would be accepted by all Indonesians.
“Indonesia is a peaceful country but this turn of events is unexpected. My relatives back home are worried that there will be some chaos, especially in the major cities,” said Ida, who is from Bandung.
IT executive Marthayaputra Han, 31, expressed surprise at how close the election had turned out to be.
“I thought that the margin between the two candidates would be wider,” said Marthayaputra, who grew up in Jakarta.
“I am afraid that when the official result is announced, there will be some conflict between supporters of both sides,” said Marthayaputra, who declined to state who he supported.
Odd-job worker Marwan Gee, 52, said he was eager to know the result, saying he did not support any of the two candidates.
“I do not expect chaos but it will be interesting to see who comes out the victor,” he added.
Ayu Muhamad, 27, did not make a secret of her choice by saying that Jokowi was “a man of the people”.
“I think that he will win,” she said.
The Bandung native said she expected a few protest rallies by supporters of the losing candidate once the official result was out.
“But it will be peaceful,’’ she said.