Bukalapak CEO expresses apology to Jokowi

Bukalapak CEO expresses apology to Jokowi

Bukalapak CEO Achmad Zaky. (ANTARA FOTO/Puspa Perwitasari)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Bukalapak founder and CEO Achmad Zaky has apologized to President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) for his recent tweet that triggered outrage among Twitter users, who have accused his tweet of favoring one of the presidential candidates.

Zaky expressed apology and tendered a clarification over his tweet during his meeting with President Jokowi at the Merdeka Palace here on Saturday.

On Friday, the social media platform Twitter was flooded with the hashtag of #uninstallBukalapak in response to Zaky`s controversial tweet that had made several Twitter users unhappy.

The Bukalapak CEO, who had later deleted his tweet, commented on Indonesia`s research and development (R&D) budget, saying that it was smaller than those of several other countries and wrote "May a new president be able to increase it (budget)."

The controversy might be linked to the phrase "new president" despite the fact that in the tweet, Zaky also revealed the ranks of countries with huge amount of R&D budgets.

Several Twitter users supporting the hashtag commented that Zaky did not commend President Jokowi, who had attended the commemorative event of this unicorn`s anniversary in January 2019.

In the aftermath of his meeting with President Jokowi, Zaky informed journalists that he and the president had discussed extensively about the government`s plan to make Indonesia more developed.

"I do praise what the government has done and has been doing to enhance Indonesia`s innovation-based development," he stated, adding that Bukalapak supports the government`s ongoing efforts since this unicorn has also been developing R&D centers in Bandung, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, and Medan.

"May we be able to collaborate. Our common spirit is making Indonesia well-developed on the basis of research, innovation, and qualified human resources. That is what we agree on," Zaky added.

Reporting by Agus Salim
Editing by Rahmad Nasution