Sunday, April 22, 2012

Farewell Professor Widjajono

Yesterday afternoon I was shocked when the news media reported that the Deputy Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Widjajono Partowidagdo (60) has passed away while he was climbing Mount Tambora (2,851 m), West Nusa Tenggara province.

The Jakarta Post quoted the province's official as saying that Widjajono was exhausted and fainted during the climb.

His body was evacuated and taken back by airplane to Jakarta yesterday evening, and buried at the San Diego Hills Cemetery in Karawang, West Java this morning.

Widjajono was known for his passion for mountain climbing, a sport he started while he was still in high school. He had climbed several mountains in Indonesia including Mount Kerinci, Mount Rinjani and Mount Semeru.

Among the ministers in President SBY's Cabinet, Widjajono can be easily recognized due to his long hair. He quickly received media attention for his down to earth attire, wearing mostly denim pants, batik shirts.

Born in Magelang, Central Java, he was a professor at the Bandung Institute of Technology, and member of National Energy Council and has no political background before he became Deputy Minister.

Before he died. Widjajono argued in many occasions that the government must increase the price of subsidized fuel from present Rp 4.500 (US$ 0.49) per liter to at least 33% to prevent overspending of the state budget.
In spite of this fact, many people are beginning to like him because of his "no nonsense approach" whenever he discussed Indonesia's energy policy in public.

I remember watching Indonesia lawyer's Club on TVOne two weeks ago in which Widjajono outsmarted two politicians/critics of government policies i.e. former Ministers Kwik Kian Gie and Fuad Bawasir.

For me the demise of Widjojono is a big loss for Indonesia. Among the present Cabinet Ministers, I felt that only the Minister of State Owned Enterprises namely Dahlan Iskan who is a non politician, no nonsense and down to earth man. I really hope that more of them would show up very soon.

 Farewell Prof. Widjajono, may you rest in peace.

Photo : Courtesy of Antara

10 comments:

Wisata Murah said...

Saya turut prihatin, karena beliu beum sempat merampungkan tentang gagasan energi yang brilian. Semoga Arwahnya diterima di sisiNya. amiin

Oh ya seang melihat anda kembali aktif ngeblok. selamat malam

munir ardi said...

iya Pak semoga gagasannya tentang energi terbarukan itu tetap akan lanjut , Selamat jalan Pak Wamen

yadi said...

ikut nyimak artikel nya gan, salatemsata denvothm kenal

Ferdinand said...

Belum pernah aku liat ada pejabat rambutnya gondrong, ngasih gagasan selalu cepet, rajin jawab pertanyaan wartawan, ngasih bukti nyata dari gagasannya dan pecinta alam juga... selamat jalan pak Wid...

H. Nizam said...

@Wisata Murah:
Terima atas dukungannya pada blog ini.

@Munir:
Semoga gagasannya bisa terlaksana.

@Yadi:
Terima kasih.

@Ferdinand:
Dia memang beda dari yang lain.

colson said...

Reading you post I can't but agree with you in that his death is a huge loss to the country. Both our countries can't cope without people in charge who are "no nonsense and down to earth".

H. Nizam said...

@Colson.
Such men are getting scarce nowadays

Jefry said...

Kita kehilangan orang yang luar biasa,,,
Semoga arwahnya diterima disisi Allah SWT dan semoga keluarga yang ditinggalkan bisa dengan kuat menghadapi ini

H. Nizam said...

@Jefry,
Amin. Semoga penggantinya tidak kalah bagus.

obat alami batu ginjal said...

thanks gan informasinya semoga bermnafaat