The dark arts are at play in the Jakarta election.
Major General (ret.) Prijanto, the running mate of Fauzi Bowo for the Jakarta governor's election, complained to a prayer gathering on 2nd August of 3000 people marking the coming occasion (11th August) of the celebration of Muhammad's magical journey on a flying horse to heaven that black magic rituals were being used in the election campaign to influence voters, presumably in favour of the opposing Islamist team, led by Adang Daradjatun.
This is not made up to slander, I know it first hand. What is being used is hypnotism, witchcraft, and shamanism.
He hoped that the assembled clerics would pray to stop the effects of the voodoo and black magic rites and spells.
The meeting was held at the Pencak Silat Indonesia building at Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, and was attended by Pencak Silat Association leader Edi Marzuki Nalapraja, and Partai Bintang Reformasi (PBR) figure Zainuddin MZ, among others.
After speaking Prijanto was overcome with emotion at all the great prayer support he had received at the gathering, and shed a few tears.
Fauzi Bowo & Prijanto, possibly discussing religious issues.
Habib Abdul Rahman Al Habsy, the leader of a Betawi clerical group, then chimed in with some religious blessings for the Bowo-Prijanto team.
The point of this gathering is to celebrate the journey by night of Muhammad. But as Betawi people we also pray that the election will run smoothly and Fauzi Bowo and Prijanto will be chosen as governor and deputy governor of Jakarta.
The heady, none too subtle mix of religion and politics was not done yet however as Al Habsy went on to say that Fauzi-Prijanto were the best choice in terms of the hereafter and eternity, and he was religiously obliged to support them, and so was everyone else presumably. mediaindo