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Jakarta Post

Key ministers talk about trust, loyalty under President Jokowi

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, November 20, 2019   /  04:43 pm
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Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono stands behind President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo during a government event in Jakarta. Basuki, who was reappointed in the ministerial post for Jokowi’s second term, said he enjoyed the pressure to achieve the infrastructure development target. (Antara/Wahyu Putro A)

With infrastructure development as one of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s key programs, one could be forgiven for thinking that key ministers tasked with executing the President’s vision are feeling the stress. However, Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi and Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono were having none of it, with both saying they were reveling in Jokowi’s challenge to vastly improve Indonesia’s infrastructure to better connect regions of the sprawling archipelago. In a recent discussion in Jakarta, Basuki said he enjoyed working with Jokowi to implement the latter’s call for improved infrastructure. “It is enjoyable [working with Jokowi], because he fully trusts us. In work, I believe in two [principles]: trust and loyalty. He trusts me, I am loyal [to Jokowi],” said Basuki. As for...