Jakarta, Petrominer — Who would guess that Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama had happened to be an entrepreneur in the mining sector, although it was a very bitter experience for him.
His involvement in the mining sector was revealed when Ahok, the name he is familiarly addressed, received 39 Putri Indonesia (Miss Indonesia) finalists at Jakarta City Hall. On the occasion, Ahok said he once been frustrated after his mining company in East Belitung was closed. At the time, Basuki lost the profit he gained up to US$150 000 per month.
“In 1995 I was going to move to Canada. My frustration was because my mining business had to be closed,” said Basuki at City Hall without mentioning the type of mine commodity and who closed his company.
Basuki was unable to restrain his anger toward his father Indra Tjahaja Purnama. To his father, (now deceased) Basuki firmly told him about his intention to live in Canada. Basuki fantasized of becoming a CEO, COO or CFO of a mining company in Canada. Moreover he is a geologist and Master of Finance.
“My father said, ‘You mustn’t go the people need you’. And then I said to him, ‘what do they need, someone with an oily face like me, what do they need me for?,’” said Basuki.
Then his father told him to try participating in the selection of East Belitung regent. Indra called the position of a regional head a very prosperous profession compared with other professions, for you will be helping the people using state money.
“My father said, ‘If you have Rp1 billion and you help 2000 people your salary will be used up. If you are a government official you can help people every day giving them eacy Rp500 000. It’s good to help the poor without using our money,’” said Basuki quoting his father’s words.
Eventually, until today, Basuki becomes a government official and left his profession as an entrepreneur. After becoming East Belitung regent Basuki tried his luck in the Regional Head Election for Bangka Belitung governor, but he failed.
Subsequently he was elected member of House Commission II and then vice governor of Jakarta and eventually governor of Jakarta. He becomes one of the most popular governors in Indonesia due to his policy and hard work for the residence of Jakarta. (W12)