Taufik Kiemas launches
biography on birthday

People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) Speaker Taufiq Kiemas launched his biography Gelora Kebangsaan Tak Kunjung Padam (National spirit remains alive) on Monday to coincide with his 70th birthday.

“This book is a birthday present and is different from his previous books,” book launch committee head Trimedya Panjaitan said in Balai Kartini, Jakarta, on Monday as quoted by tempo.co.

According to Trimedya, the writing of the 471-page biography began in February. It tells the story of Taufiq’s life from his childhood in Yogyakarta to the present day. Most of the biography tells about Taufiq’s thoughts and national issues.

Taufiq’s wife, Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) chairwoman and former president Megawati Soekarnoputri, daughter Puan Maharani, former president BJ Habibie, former first lady Sinta Nuriyah Wahid, House of Representatives Speaker Marzuki Alie and Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo were among those attending the book launch.

During her speech, Puan said that her mother fully supported the book release and had shown a great deal of attention toward the book.

On Wednesday, Taufiq gave copies of the book to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Vice President Boediono.

He said that the President and Vice president had not been invited to the launch because it was organized only for family and PDI-P members. He also cited poor health as the reason for not organizing an event with VVIP guests, which would require tight security and formal protocol. (swd)

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