INDONESIA - Chairperson of the Democratic Party faction at the House of Representatives, Nurhayati Assegaf, defended the move by First Lady Ani Yudhoyono to scold one of her social media followers.
"I can't understand why people always unload onto her. She is no god, she can say whatever she wants," Nurhayati told reporters on Friday.
Nurhayati, one of Ani's former aides, said the public should be thankful that Ani was willing to share her opinions on the popular photo- and video-sharing website, Instagram.
"The fact that she has joined Instagram means that we should appreciate her more," she said.
The First Lady directed her anger recently toward one of her Instagram followers for making a comment about her fashion choice.
Ani called the follower "stupid" for criticising the fact that she wore a batik dress while visiting a beach in Pacitan regency, East Java.