Jakarta - The wife of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was
criticised on Friday for calling a commenter on an online photo-sharing service
Kristiani Yudhoyono made the remarks after a follower commented on a photo
she posted on Instagram showing her and her family wearing traditional batik
clothes on a beach in the East Java district of Pacitan, the birthplace of her
"Batik is now worn everywhere, not only at official functions, but also
at semi-official events, event for leisure," an Instagram user who goes by
the user name @erie_nya wrote.
Kristiani, who is an avid user of Instagram and has posted hundreds of her
photographs, apparently took the comment as criticism and replied.
"Oh my God, your comment is very stupid," the First Lady fumed.
"Didn't it occur to you that we were on an official visit and stopped
briefly at the beach as we were passing by?"
"Don't you have better things to say?" she added.
Some Indonesians, on both Instagram and social media site Twitter have come
to her defence, but others said her remarks were over-the-top.
"Maybe the First Lady needs to be educated about the correct use of
social media. Pity the people," another Twitter user going by the name
A deputy chairperson for Yudhoyono's Democratic Party defended Kristiani's
"Why can't she speak her mind?" Nurhayati Assegaf was quoted as
saying by the Kompas daily. "She should be commended for showing that
she's just an ordinary human being."