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Sri Mulyani Indrawati: High hopes for Indonesia

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, June 20 2008   /  10:33 am

SRI MULYANI: (JP/Arief Suhardiman) Sri Mulyani Indrawati has assumed three different strategic ministerial posts since first entering government four years ago. It's a new record for Indonesia's short list of women in power throughout history. Although many disagree with her decisions and judgments, Mulyani has earned respect not only from her supporters but also from her critics for her integrity and desire to push for government reform. Despite her achievements, she is still familiar to her friends and acquaintances, except now they may not be able to spend as much time with her as before. "She still remembered me and invited me to a dinner where she introduced me to her children. She told them, *This is Mbah kakung' (a polite Javanese term for an elderly man)," said YB Kasmani, Mulyani's former homeroom teacher from SMA 3 Semarang, rememb...