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Jakarta Post

Goodbye, Rudi

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Thu, September 12 2019   /  01:18 am

A man of solution. That’s how people close to him describe Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie, Indonesia’s third president, who passed away at 83 years of age just after dusk on Wednesday.Many may disagree, but in his testimony President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo had no qualms about what made Habibie a class apart and therefore deserves respect from the nation. “He used to immediately offer a solution […] to any problem facing the country, whether in the field of economy or other national issues. For this he sometimes came to the palace,” Jokowi said at the Gatot Soebroto Army Hospital, where Habibie had been receiving intensive care after his health suddenly deteriorated early this month.Habibie briefly served as president following the resignation of his mentor Soeharto in May 1998. But it was during his 17-month tenure that Indonesia began a remarkable, albeit painful, transformation....