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Irman Gusman: CHANGE Now or Never

  • Ridwan Max Sijabat

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 22 2012   /  10:31 am

JP/Arief SuhardimanIrman Gusman has a smile for everyone he meets, no matter how busy he is as chairman of the Regional Representatives Council (DPD).

State ceremonies and international, national and regional events fill Irman’s schedule as he works on his “diplomatic mission” to seek broader support for the council.

His wife and children often complain that Irman has put family life on the backburner due to his busy days and late nights at the office.

Irman uses a personal and diplomatic touch when talking to the nation’s power elite. He says the system must be reinvigorated, starting with the legislature, to create a government that can work effectively on the nation’s problems.

“It’s too petty and short if I pursued my personal interests in the political stage. We have no other alternative but to deploy a personal approach to secure politic...