Usually we know Facebook as only social networking sites. As a place to show photos, reported status, exchange information, make friends and meet old friends, or place ads.
Now, Facebook function are growing one more, namely as a tool to garner support and can also be a means to make pressure on the parties in opposition to the will of the people.
This has been evidenced by the emergence of groups to support the two leaders of the Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) arrested by Police of the Republic of Indonesia on October 29, 2009. This group called the Movement of 1 Million Facebookers to Support Chandra Hamzah – Bibit Samad Riyanto (Gerakan 1.000.000 Facebookers Dukung Chandra Hamzah & Bibit Samad Riyanto). The day after Bibit-Chandra was arrested, this group was launched on Friday, October 30, 2009, ie 6 days ago from this post published. Since then, up to this day a total facebookers that join in this group had reached 790,884 members. As the name implies this group is targeting 1 million facebookers to support for Bibit-Chandra.
In the description of this group explains.
“Regardless of whether guilty or not, we who are outside the system may be disturbed by the incident for what happened to Chandra and Bibit. It is not possible in such cases is like an iceberg, as a child of nation loves the Commission. For that, lets us support the Chandra and Bibit in this group. We call Movement Supports One Million Facebookers Chandra and Bibit,Let’s tell all our friends, chasing a target of 1 million Facebooker.”
This movement was initiated by the Chairman of the Foundation Lembak Bengkulu, Usman Yasin. He also is one lecturer at the Muhammadiyah University Faculty of Agriculture, Bengkulu.
So? If you still think facebook functions only for friendship and fun? Or in your country ever used facebook to garner support? Hopefully this becomes a valuable lesson,
one vote can make a difference, one million votes could change the world.
At 9 p.m. on Tuesday, November 03, 2009, two deputy chairmen of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) who were released from detention, Bibit Samad Rianto and Chandra M Hamzah. They left the National Police Headquarters at midnight.
Chandra and Bibit thanked the public who supported them and the KPK.
“Thank you to everyone who supports corruption eradication. We are very happy that Indonesian people still want the KPK to fight against corruption,” Chandra said.
Bibit and Chandra said their release was not a matter of winning or losing.
“Let’s take it as strong momentum to improve the fight against corruption, because in this situation, the loser is the country and the winner is the corruptor,” Chandra said.
Bibit added that they knew their friends were fighting to get them out of detention but that they did not know the public support would be so strong.
“The public support was amazing, we are overwhelmed. Justice has started to show its face,” Bibit said.
The men said they also hoped the fact finding team will be objective so that justice is served.
One of their unforgettable moments while in detention was when they met four corruptors they helped put in jail.
“We shook hands with them. They were friendly to us, no hard feelings at all,” Bibit said.