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Jakarta Post

New sports minister vows to protect athletes’ interests

  • Dicky Christanto Wulandaru
    Dicky Christanto Wulandaru

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 26, 2019   /  12:14 pm
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New Youth and Sports Minister Zainudin Amali (center, in white shirt) poses with former sports ministers (from left to right) Roy Suryo, Hayono Isman, Abdul Gafur, Hanif Dhakiri, Agung Laksono and Adhyaksa Dault during a handover ceremony at the ministry's building in Jakarta on Thursday, Oct.24, 2019.(The Jakarta Post/Courtesy of

Newly appointed Youth and Sports Minister Zainudin Amali has started getting down to work in his new office, keeping busy with meetings, internal discussions and mounting documents to be signed. The Golkar Party politician acknowledged there was no way he could get home before 10 p.m. these days due to the current workload. He realizes that he must start his ministerial days with caution to be able to deliver.

During his activities on Friday, Zainudin talked with The Jakarta Post’s Dicky Christanto over the phone about his responsibilities at the ministry, including his strategy to put together a solid team to assist him. Below are excerpts from the interview.

Question: What is your top priority as a minister?
Answer: I have allocated the first days at the ministry to further study and scrutinize regulations related to the ministry. I intend to ...