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Who’s who in the new lineup

  • The Jakarta Post

| Wed, October 19 2011 | 08:00 am

Public Housing Minister Djan Faridz

Birthplace/date: Jakarta/Aug. 5, 1950
Education: Bachelor’s degree in architecture; Tarumanegara University, Jakarta
Previous jobs: President director, PT Priamanaya Djan International (1996-present); Regional Representatives Council (DPD) member representing Jakarta (2009-2014).
Affiliation: United Development Party (PPP), Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) Jakarta chapter chairman (2011-2014).
Controversy: In 2000, Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) reported Djan allegedly received a credit facility from former energy and mining minister Ginandjar Kartasasmita through a non-transparent procedure to finance power substations. ICW claimed there were indications that the cost of the projects was inflated by up to US$600 million.

Djan is known for his good relationships with military and political figures. He loaned a property on Jl. Kramat Raya, Central Jakarta, to be used as the headquarters of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s Democratic Party, according to Democratic Party politician Kastorius Sinaga.

He was behind the controversial renovation of Jakarta’s Tanah Abang textile market, the largest in Southeast Asia, in 2004.

Law and Human Rights Minister Amir Syamsuddin

Makassar, South Sulawesi/May 27, 1941
Education: Law doctorate, University of Indonesia
Previous jobs: Founder of Amir Syamsuddin Law Offices and Partners in 1983, founder of the Center for Law and Justice Studies
Affiliation: Democratic Party board of advisers
Controversy: Amir once represented Akbar Tanjung in 2003 when the former Golkar Party chairman was on trial for graft. Amir’s legal genius convinced the Supreme Court to acquit Akbar.

Administrative Reforms Minister Azwar Abubakar

Birthplace/date: Banda Aceh/June 21, 1952
Education: Master’s degree from Syiah Kuala University, Aceh
Previous jobs: National Mandate Party (PAN) lawmaker on the House Commission I overseeing defense and foreign affairs, Aceh deputy governor (2000-2004) and acting governor (2004-2005)
Affiliation: National Mandate Party (PAN)
Controversy: Azwar’s running mate, Aceh governor Abdullah Puteh, was convicted of graft and numerous counts of corruption while in office. Azwar stated he knew nothing about any wrongdoings.

National Intelligence Agency (BIN) director Army Lt. Gen. Marciano Norman

Birthplace/date: Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan/Oct. 20, 1954
Education background: National Military Academy, 1978
Previous jobs: Army Training and Education Center chief (April-October 2011); Jakarta Military District commander (2009-April 2011), Presidential Security Force commander (2008-2009)
Affiliation: Yudhoyono’s confidant when assigned to the Jakarta Military District in the 1990s.
Controversy: Marciano was a mid-ranking cavalry officer when the 1998 riots broke out in Jakarta. However, his role remains unclear.


State-Owned Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan

Birthplace/date: Magetan, East Java/Aug. 17, 1951
Education: State Islamic Institute Sunan Ampel, Surabaya, East Java; 17 August University, Samarinda, East Kalimantan
Previous jobs: President Director, state power company PT PLN (2009-2011), CEO, Jawa Pos Group (1982-2009); journalist, Tempo (1977-1982)
Affiliations: Former member of Golkar Party’s East Java chapter. Dahlan is also known for his close ties to tycoon Chairul Tandjung, whom he once touted as a vice presidential hopeful for Yudhoyono during the 2009 general election.
Controversy: None

Trade Minister Gita Irawan Wirjawan

Birthplace/date: Jakarta, Sept. 21, 1965
Education: Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas; Master’s of Public Administration, Harvard University; Master’s of Business Administration, Baylor University (US).
Previous jobs: Head of Investment Coordinating Board (2009-2011); president director and senior country officer, JP Morgan Indonesia (2004-2009); vice president for investment banking, Goldman Sachs Singapore (2000-2003)
Affiliation: A confidant of Yudhoyono’s confidants who reportedly used connections to
help Yudhoyon’s son Agus Harimurti gain admission to Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Controversy: When working with Goldman Sachs, Gita was involved in the controversial privatization of state-owned telecommunication company PT Indosat. Gita also had a role in the controversial sale of a new tanker owned by state oil and gas company PT Pertamina to overseas buyers.


Environment Minister Balthasar Kambuaya

Birthplace/date: Sorong, Papua, 1956.
Education: Doctorate from Hasanuddin University, Makassar.
Previous jobs: Professor of economics and rector, Cendrawasih University (2006-present), Bank Papua commissioner (since 2002)
Affiliation: Selected to represent Papuans in the Cabinet.
Controversy: None

Marie Elka Pangestu  (Tourism and Creative Economy Minister)

Birthplace/date: Jakarta/Oct. 23, 1956
Education: Doctorate in International Trade, Finance and Monetary Economics from the University of California at Davis
Previous jobs: Trade Minister (2004-2011)
Controversy: Despite being highly regarded by the international community for managing crucial initiatives at the WTO, Mari will face a tough fight in Indonesia as her policies tend to sacrifice the local private sector at the expense of foreign interests.
Affiliations: Non-political appointee

Jero Wacik (Energy and Mineral Resources Minister)


Birthplace/date: Bali/April 24, 1949
Educational : Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Bandung Institute of Technology; bachelor’s degree in Marketing, University of Indonesia
Previous jobs: Culture and Tourism Minister (2004-2011)
Controversy: With limited background in the oil and mining industry, Jero will have to work hard to prove that he can handle his new job.
Affiliations: Democratic Party, where he serves on its ethics council.   

Let. Gen (ret.) Evert Erenst Mangindaan (Transportation Minister)

Birthplace/date: Surakarta, Central Java/Jan. 5, 1943
Education: National Military Academy ( 1964 )
Previous jobs: Administrative Reforms Minister (2009-2011)
Controversy: None
Affiliations: Democratic Party, where he serves on its ethics council.

Gusti Muhammad Hatta (Research and Technology Minister)

Birthplace/date: Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan/Sept. 1, 1952
Education: Doctorate from Wageningen University, The Netherlands
Previous jobs: Environment Minister (2009-2011)
Controversy: None
Affiliations: Non-political appointee

Sharif Cicip Sutardjo (Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister)

Birth place/date: Yogyakarta/1948
Previous jobs: The Golkar Party’s head of elections for Java, Bali, West Nusa Tenggara and North Nusa Tenggara; National Economic Committee member.
Controversy: Earlier this year, PT Ariobimo Laguna Perkasa, one of Cicip’s companies, won a lawsuit against the Jakarta administration to continue its plan to transform the Taman Ria complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta, into a shopping mall.
Many experts and activists, however, have expressed concern about the plan, saying that the Senayan area, home to five malls, needed more green space.
Affiliation: Golkar Party

Deputy Ministers

Wardana (Deputy Foreign Minister)

Birth place/date: Klaten, Central Java/June 23, 1954
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Social and Political Sciences from Diponegoro University
Previous jobs: Indonesian Ambassador to Singapore (2006-June 2011)
Controversy: none
Affiliations: non-political appointee

Ali Ghufron Mukti, 49 (Deputy Health Minister)

Birth place/date: Blitar, East Java/May 17, 1962
Education: Public Health degree, University of Newcastle, 2000
Previous jobs: Medicine, Mada University, 2008
Controversy: none
Affiliations: non-political appointee

Sapta Nirwandar (Deputy Tourism Minister)

Birth place/date: Tanjung Karang, Lampung/May 13, 1954
Education: ParisIX-Dauphine University, Paris
Previous jobs: Director General for Marketing at Culture and Tourism Ministry
Controversy: none
Affiliations: non-political appointee

Musliar Kasim (Deputy National Culture and Education Minister for Education Affairs)

Birth place/date: Padang Ganting, West Sumatra/April 29, 1958
Education: Doctorate in Agronomy from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB)
Previous jobs: Inspector General for internal oversight at the National Education Ministry
Controversy: none
Affiliations: non-political appointee

Wiendu Nuryanti (Deputy National Culture and Education Minister for Cultural Affairs)

Birth place/date: Yogyakarta/May 15, 1959
Education: Doctorate in Tourism Planning and Regional Development from the Universities of Surrey and Bournemouth in the UK
Previous jobs: Professor of Architecture and Tourism Planning in the Dept. of Architecture, School of Engineering, Gadjah Mada University
Controversy: none
Affiliations: non-political appointee

Nasaruddin Umar (Deputy Religious Affairs Minister)

Birth place/date: Ujung Bone, South Sulawesi/June 23, 1959
Education: Doctorate from IAIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta
Previous jobs: Director General of Guidance to the Muslim Community at the Religious Affairs Ministry
Controversy: none
Affiliations: non-political appointee

Denny Indrayana (Deputy Law and Human Rights Minister)

Birth place/date: Kotabaru, South Kalimantan/Dec. 11, 1972
Education: Doctorate School of Law, University of Melbourne, Australia
Previous jobs: Presidential special staff on legal affairs
Controversy: none
Affiliations: non-political appointee

Widjajono Partowidagdo (Deputy Energy and Mineral Resources Minister)

Birth place/date: Magelang, Central Java/Sept. 16, 1951
Education: Ph.D. in Engineering, University of Southern California, USA
Previous jobs: Professor in Petroleum Economics and Field Management, Faculty of Mining and Petroleum Engineering, the Bandung Institute of Technology. Member of National Energy Council
Controversy: none
Affiliations: non-political appointee

Mahendra Siregar (Deputy Finance Minister)

Birth place/date: Jakarta/Oct 17, 1962
Education: Master in Economics from Monash University
Previous jobs: Deputy Trade Minister (2009-2011)
Controversy: none
Affiliations: non-political appointee

Bayu Krisnamurthi (Deputy Trade Minister)

Birth place/date: Manado, North Sulawesi/Oct. 18, 1964
Educational background: PhD in Agriculture Economic, Bogor Institute of Agriculture
Previous jobs: Deputy Agriculture Minister (2009-2011)
Controversy: none
Affiliations: non-political appointee

Mahmuddin Yasin (Deputy State-Owned Enterprises Minister)

Birth place/date: Jakarta/July 12, 1954
Education: MBA from Washington University, St Louis, USA
Previous jobs: Secretary of State Enterprises Minister
Controversy: Mahmudin was reportedly involved in PT Krakatau Steel IPO scandal last year, where most of the state steel maker’s shares were distributed to well connected politicians to seek profitable return. Krakatau’s shares were sold at Rp 850 (less than 10 US cents) per share during the IPO, but analysts deemed the price was too low, saying the share should have been more than Rp 1,000 per share. Share price then jumped 50 percent on first day of listing on IDX.
Affiliation: non-political appointee

Eko Prasojo (Deputy Administrative Reforms Minister)

Birthplace/date: Kijang, Riau Islands/July 21, 1970
Education: Master’s degree and doctorate in Public Administration from Deutsche Hochschule fur Verwaltungswissenschaften Speyer (Speyer Post-Graduate Program for Public Administration), Germany
Previous jobs: Chairman of Postgraduate Program for Administrative Sciences at School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Indonesia
Controversy: none
Affiliations: non-political appointee

Rusman Heriawan (Deputy Agriculture Minister)

Birth place/date: Bogor, West Java/Nov. 4, 1951
Education: Prof. Agriculture economics from Bogor Institute of Agriculture
Previous jobs: Head of the Central Statistic Agency (BPS)
Controversy: none
Affiliations: non-political appointee

— JP/Hasyim Widhiarto


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