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When losing the election can also cost you your sanity

Published on Apr 12, 2014 12:01 PM
Supporters of the Prosperous Justice Party or Partai Keadilan Sejahtera (PKS), an Islamic party, attend a campaign rally in Sidoarjo before the legislative election on March 30, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

Shortly after Indonesia's general election campaign started on March 16, a man turned up at the Marzoeki Mahdi Hospital here to be treated for depression.

He told doctors he could not bear to see or be near the party flags and posters of candidates that had gone up on trees and along the roads of this city, some 80km south of Jakarta.

They reminded him of the trauma he had suffered in 2009, when he lost not only his bid for a national Parliament seat but also his house and a fortune in campaign spending.

The man was hospitalised for a month, head nurse Siti Noor Triana told The Straits Times.

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