Mr Subianto, though, has had enough of the current government. He has taken to criticising its policies, including the aforementioned infrastructure drive, gaining a following among conservatives along the way. Not only that, he is promising to cut food imports, decrease food and commodity costs, and to take more action on graft in an attempt to sway farmers to his side. He would also look to take more action against China, claiming that Indonesia’s many deals with China leave Indonesia vulnerable to foreign intervention in local affairs. He has also been working with hardline Islamists, pledging to protect religious institutions and promote Islam through such policies as building more religious schools. This is seen as an attempt to woo the Muslim voter base, as a large percentage of the population is Muslim. But if these and more policies are introduced, this may embolden Islamic hardliners to push for more action by the government such as the introduction of Islamic law in the justice system. Mr Subianto has been riding the wave of identity politics that has defined Indonesian politics since 2017, but riding it too far could cause further religious divisions in the largest Muslim country in the world Although, Mr Widodo himself has upset some with his choice of running mate, Islamic cleric Ma’ruf Amin, which has been seen as an attempt to pull some of the Muslim voter base over to his side. It seems that both sides are not immune to religion’s influence in politics after all.