Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Jakarta governor candidates (6): Agum Gumelar

Most of my friends don't believe that Agum Gumelar is the potential winner of Jakarta governor election next year. Yet, Sugeng Sarjadi Syndicate's survey shown the vice president candidate (running mate of Hamzah Haz) in 2004 election as the front runner. Who is he?

Agum Gumelar was born in Tasikmalaya, West Java in December 17, 1945. He spent most of his carreer as military officer, served as the commander of Army's Special Forces (Kopassus) in early 1990s, and retired as three-star general before then president Abdurrahman Wahid appointed the man as minister for transportation. He retained the post during Megawati Soekarnoputri's administration until his resignation to compete against the former boss in 2004 as Hamzah's running mate.
He made controversial decisions as telecommunication minister with 3G licenses awarded to Lippo Telecom (a subsidiary of Lippo Group). Oops, in April, shareholders of PT Lippo Karawaci Tbk, the largest listed property company owned by Lippo Group, appointed Agum as the commissioner.
Agum had registered to run the governorship under Megawati's PDI-P banner. He would compete with civilian figures, Faisal Basri and Sarwono Kusumaatmadja, who also had registered to be PDI-P's candidates.
"If Agum could win the candidacy at PDI-P Jakarta Chapter's conference, he has the chance to win the governorship as he is perceived as a decisive military figure and pro-pluralism," a political analyst-friend said.
Agum is a popular figure thanks to his position as chairman of the National Sport Committee (KONI) despite poor performance of Indonesian sports. A big fan of football, he has been a regular TV commentator for major tournaments like World Cup or Champions League.
Father of two (Khaseli & Ami) from his marriage to Linda Amaliasari (daughter of former Soeharto-era tourism and telecommunication minister Achmad Tahir), Agum earned master degree in science (what science?) from American University (anybody knows the exact location of this university?). Agum is classmate of the current Jakarta governor Sutiyoso at military academy.
His daughter Ami married to badminton champion Taufik Hidayat, the most popular athlete in Indonesia. Smash!

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hopefully Agum can bring Jakarta alive again, safe again, a place fun to work again, more human, more discipline... unlike now... semrawut under a Pati Boy who cries in front of DPRD and wanted to be called as "Bang..."

August 16, 2006 6:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i agree with you..i hope Agum can be jakarta governer for the next period, and can make Jakarta to be a better place to live....go agum go !!! vote for Agum gumelar..

December 13, 2006 9:20 PM  
Anonymous fauziah said...

No, it's not American University (this one is a real university) but American World University. I've heard by myself that Pak Satryo (Dikti) sent letters to each high officials asking them not to use their illegitimate titles.
Another link: http://id.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_World_University

January 19, 2007 10:26 AM  

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