The Jakarta Post
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo showed his appreciation for the notable services of four members of the Indonesian Military’s (TNI) village supervisory non-commissioned officers (Babinsa) of the Military Region Command (Kodam) XIV/Hasanuddin, Makassar, in Makassar, South Sulawesi, on Sunday during a gathering with 2,000 Babinsa personnel.
The four members have carried outstanding public services. Sergeant major Musbah from Malagano Subdistrict Military Command (Koramil) saved passengers from a burning boat in Muna, Southeast Sulawesi in 2016, while corporal Yahya made organic liquid fertilizer, named Corporal Fertilizer, for the locals. Staff sergeant Asmulyadi made a 5,000-watt wind turbine and chief sergeant Darwis helped schoolchildren and local residents cross a river with a gondola before there was a suspension bridge.
Upon learning about their contributions, President Jokowi asked them to name whatever gift they wanted.
"What gift do you want?" Jokowi said, but the four did not say anything.
Jokowi repeated his question, but they were still silent. "I might not grant your wish, but what gift do you want?"
Finally, Musbah said his wish was for "help for local children wanting to start a military career."
Meanwhile, Yahya asked for the tools to make liquid fertilizer, Asmuladi asked the President to try to accelerate the development of electricity in the area, and Darwis asked for two-wheeled vehicles for his Babinsa colleagues who did not own transportation.
"This is what pleases me," President Jokowi said. "When asked what gifts they want, they still think about those in their hometown."
At the end of the event, the committee said Jokowi would give the four Babinsa members umrah (minor haj) packages for their services, tribunnews.com reported. (stu)