This time the proud news came from the Middle East, where one of the millennial magazines in Saudi Arabia, Arrajol, made the figure of the 7th Indonesian President Joko Widodo the cover of its magazine. The Indonesian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia explained the reason for the editorial of Arrajol Magazine, the monthly magazine of the Saudi Arabian lifestyle, chose Indonesian President Joko Widodo or Jokowi as the cover of the May issue.
According to the Indonesian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and the OIC, Agus Maftuh Abegebriel, Arrajol Magazine (previously translated as ar-Rajul) often featured highly inspiring world figures such as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, El-Sisi’s Egyptian President, moderate Saudi young Ulama and progressive Saleh al-Maghamisi, Saudi banking conglomerate Al-Rajhi, to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
“In the May 2019 issue, this magazine chose Indonesian President Joko Widodo as an inspirational figure by discussing the full range of President Jokowi’s work in 14 pages,” according to Ambassador Agus Maftuh, who is also teaching staff at Sunan Kalijaga UIN, in his statement to Tempo, May 21 2019 .
In the editorial notes on the first page, Arrajol’s editorial team explained the reasons for appointing President Jokowi as the main topic. According to Ambassador Maftuh, who cited the editorial notes of Arrajol Magazine, President Jokowi was considered a president who came from ordinary people, never dreamed of and expected to become an official especially the president in the world’s largest Muslim country.
“Arrajol’s editor emphasized that the president who was elected the second time was known to be a person who was tawadluk (andap asor), smiling, siding with the small people and ‘Nadhafatal Yad’ (his hands were very clean), hands free from corruption and free from wrongdoing the people, “said Maftuh Abegebriel.
“On the cover of this magazine is written a poetic diction that makes us feel touched and proud as the nation’s children who are carrying out their duties as servants of Indonesian citizens in Saudi Arabia,” Ambassador Maftuh added.
The article reads, “Rais Indonesia Joko Widodo: Ishthah fi al-Kouh Taghmuruha al-Miyah, Wa Lam Ahlum bi Regional Judge Managing (RI President Joko Widodo: I once lived in a hut house that was always flooded, I never dreamed of being an official).”
The Indonesian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia said that Arrajol Magazine was published by the Saudi Research and Marketing Group (al-Majmuah as-Su’udiyyah li al-abhas wa al-Taswiq) which was founded by the son of King Salman, the late Prince Ahmad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on in 1987.
“He is the sibling of Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz who Alhamdulilah I have a personal closeness with Prince, who was known as a Middle Eastern astronaut for the first time,” said Ambassador Agus Maftuh.