President Susilo Bambang Yudoyono (SBY) seems to hate Buffaloes so much that his newly formed government has forbid the animal participate in any political protests. Please find below a related article in The Telegraph.
Indonesia bans buffaloes from political protests
Indonesian government bans buffaloes from attending street protests after president expressed his hurt at being compared to the animals.
Published: 1:34PM GMT 04 Feb 2010
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said that he was upset by having his picture stuck onto a water buffalo during a protest in Jakarta.
The softly-spoken ex-general took exception at the suggestion he was "big, stupid and slow like a buffalo".
Protesters had brought the animal to one of a series of protests marking the first 100 days of Mr Yudhoyono's rule.
"They said that I am like a buffalo – big and stupid and slow in moving," he said.
"That statement is not ethical or moral, and to use a buffalo can violate other regulations, like traffic laws."
State Secretary Sudi Silalahi said a long-standing ban on the beasts at protests would be enforced.
"There's a law that's been violated ... which states clearly that protesters should not bring animals, buffaloes," he said.
"Firstly, that's a violation of the law, and secondly, which is more critical, when buffaloes are angry they'll kick and gore."
Mr Yudhoyono was re-elected to a second five-year term in a landslide in July but he is often criticised for being slow, indecisive and failing to use his mandate for reform.
Desmond Mahesa, from the opposition party Gerindra, called the buffalo ban an overreaction and said it shows the president is a weak leader.
"I think he is not a dictator, as long demonstrations are allowed in this country – but he too often complains about people's protests and critics against his administration," he said.