The Jakarta Post
Jusuf Wanandi, vice chair of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) board of trustee, expressed his grief at the death of Kompas Gramedia cofounder Jakob Oetama.
Jusuf and Jakob worked together, along with other colleagues, to establish The Jakarta Post in 1983.
“He is one of the giants of the Indonesian newspaper industry,” Jusuf said in a written statement issued on Wednesday, citing Jakob’s key role in establishing the Kompas daily newspaper in 1965 and fostering it to this day.
“Kompas also played a big role in educating the nation, so he was one of the best educators in the country. I hope that the future generations in Kompas will be able to preserve and maintain Kompas as the legacy of Jakob,” he continued.
Jakob died on Wednesday at the age of 88. A Kompas Gramedia spokesperson said Jakob died at Mitra Keluarga Hospital in Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta, and will be buried at the Kalibata Heroes Cemetery in South Jakarta on Thursday.
Jakob was born in Magelang, Central Java, on Sept. 27, 1931. He started his career as a teacher and later founded Kompas Gramedia, one of the country’s largest media and publishing companies, in 1965 with his colleague P.K. Ojong, who died in 1980. (mfp)