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TGB, the man to watch in Indonesian politics

Islamic scholar-turned-politician touted as Jokowi's running mate

Tuan Guru Bajang is said to command the respect of many Muslim groups.
Tuan Guru Bajang is said to command the respect of many Muslim groups.PHOTO: ANTARA

Indonesians know him as TGB, which stands for Tuan Guru Bajang, a twist on the Islamic title for master teacher, and usually conferred on senior religious figures.

Bajang, in this case, means young in Sasak, a language in Indonesia's West Nusa Tenggara , where the Islamic scholar-turned-politician was born and raised.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 12, 2018, with the headline 'TGB, the man to watch in Indonesian politics'. Print Edition | Subscribe