First lady Ani Yudhoyono apologized on her Instagram account, saying she may have offended some of her followers with her comments and responses.
“I would like to extend my gratitude for the encouragement and the interactions with followers of my account. I apologize if I have offended some of my followers with my words. Let’s continue to share stories and memories through photographs via Instagram,” Ani said on Wednesday.
Her apology was accompanied by a photograph of a Cape jasmine flower.
Her apology received a positive response with around 2,000 out of the more than 200,000 followers marking her tweet as their favorite.
There were comments from followers encouraging her to stay positive amid negative comments that she often received from some of her followers.
“Ignore the negative comments, bu… Godspeed…” a user with the handle @boethoen tweeted.
“She may be the first lady but she’s also human who has the same right to carry out her hobbies. Pros and cons are normal. Keep on bringing creative ideas, bu. Photographs can sometimes convey messages or certain situations in which we may not be aware of whether they are at home or overseas,” follower @wiwidsroziq_bundaalkiro tweeted.
Ani expressed outrage at her followers’ personal comments about her photographs, including those of her family.
Last week, Ani became the talk of the Indonesian Twitterverse after another outburst on the comment section of her account on Instagram — a photo-sharing application — which touched on the issue of the floods that have affected several parts of the capital in recent days.
“While her people are experiencing floods, Ibu Ani is instead busy with her Instagram account,” wrote Instagram user @zhafirapsp, about a picture of Airlangga Satriadhi Yudhoyono, the youngest grandson of the Yudhoyono family, which Ani uploaded on Tuesday evening.
Responding to the tweet, Ani brought up the wives of Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo and his deputy Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, questioning why the anger was directed towards her.
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has portrayed his wife as being acutely sensitive to problems facing ordinary Indonesians, in stark contrast to the first lady’s latest outburst over a critical comment on social media.
The president said citizens’ concerns were conveyed to him by members of the public through Ani, via her various social media accounts.
The president and first lady have constantly expressed their discontent over criticism directed toward their family.
My wife never sleeps,” Yudhoyono said on Tuesday during a cabinet meeting .
“There are so many problems that she conveys to me, in the hope that the messages will be delivered to me.”
In his memoir published last week, Yudhoyono said Ani often cried upon hearing criticism and accusations against family members. He wrote that family and friends had often complained of being subjected to public criticism. The Jakarta Globe