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When the tsunami slammed into his house, the panicked Ahok fought to reach his sleeping 70-year-old mother and one-year-old son but then he saw his wife about to drown in the swirling waters.
While campaigning for election in September 2016, Ahok remarked that the Koranic verse al-Maidah 51, warning Muslims against taking Jews or Christians as allies, was being misused by some clerics to argue that Muslims must not vote for a Christian.
He had agitated against Ahok and other non-Muslims in political positions for a long time, and was fiercely opposed to President Jokowi, whom he viewed as too secular.
And now that Ahok has been sentenced to two years in jail on blasphemy charges?
Since the derailing of Ahok's career, attention has turned to various symbols deemed an affront to Islamic sensibilities.
"Will Jakarta's Ahok Pass the Nomination Hurdle?" ISEAS Perspective 2016, no.
Supporters of former Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, popularly known as Ahok, gather at city hall a day after after a court sentenced him to two years in jail following blasphemy charges, in Jakarta, Indonesia May 10, 2107 in this photo taken by Antara Foto.
More than 10,000 Muslim protesters converged in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta on Friday, calling for the jailing of Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, a minority Christian governor on trial for blasphemy against the Qur'an, as religious tensions build ahead of an April 19 election.
Purnama, popularly known as "Ahok", has a reputation as a tough reformer.
They say he insulted the Koran by dismissing a political attack by his opponents who urged Muslims not to vote for Purnama, who is popularly known as Ahok, by citing a verse from the Koran.
Having excelled as mayor of Surakarta, Jokowi was nominated by PDI-P to run in the 2012 Jakarta gubernatorial election with Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok) as his running mate.
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