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Commentary: Habibie: Icon for Indonesian mothers and children

  • Kornelius Purba

    Senior editor at The Jakarta Post

  /   Thu, September 12 2019   /  12:24 am

What was Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie most proud of when he served Indonesia as the country’s research and technology minister, as vice president and then as president? He played crucial and controversial roles for Indonesia. The man who could talk for hours explaining his vision was the country’s only minister who could confidently tell journalists that the president agreed with his proposal even before he met his boss.As a journalist who covered the Presidential Palace for years, I sensed he seemed most proud not of his achievement as an internationally recognized expert on the aircraft industry, but his romantic relationship with his wife. Habibie loved German food, music and fashion because he spent years in Germany both as a student then as a senior executive at an aerospace company. Basically he was a liberal in politics and his aides would never hesitate to heatedly debate him....