BANDUNG CITY- The death of the 3rd President of the Republic of Indonesia (RI), Bacharuddin Jusuf (BJ) Habibie, at the Central Army Hospital (RSPAD) Gatot Soebroto on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, not only made Indonesia grieve, but also West Java (West Java).
West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil also appealed to residents and offices to raise the flag half-mast as a form of respect for the intellectual.
"Today, I have been instructed (from the central government) to have a half-mast flag. (I) appeal to all offices, residents' houses, (to) raise the flags to half-masts," Emil, Ridwan Kamil's nickname, said in the Pakuan Building, Bandung, Thursday (12/9/19).
Emil was scheduled to attend the funeral of the late BJ Habibie which will be held at 13:00 WIB at the Kalibata Heroes' Cemetery, Jakarta.
"I will mourn, attend the funeral in Kalibata. Very sad, yes, because twice to Kalibata, once attended the funeral of the late Mrs. Ani (Yudhoyono) and now Mr. BJ Habibie," Emil added.
In honor of the late BJ Habibie, Emil said he had an idea to find a monumental building in West Java that was synonymous with innovation and intelligence to be named BJ Habibie.
"Later we will find something that is relevant to him (BJ Habibie). He is identical with innovation, intelligence. Maybe the creative center buildings, rather than the name of the creative center maybe we can name something or the innovation building or monumental nature we look for , "Emil said.
"I think that respect will be approved. Because all very lost rare human beings who are very, very, genius," he said.
BJ Habibie's figure also has its own memories with West Java, especially the City of Bandung. Besides studying at the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), BJ Habibie also attended SMago Dago Bandung.
In addition, BJ Habibie's ideas in the field of industry gave birth to many valuable relics for Indonesia to date, such as PT Dirgantara Indonesia and PT Pindad, both of which are located in Bandung.
Emil also said that he often discussed and asked for advice from BJ Habibie. The most memorable advice is about the importance of sharing knowledge. Emil also admitted that part of his enthusiasm for life was based on advice given by BJ Habibie.
"His advice is relevant to his figure. So that the knowledge I have is not exploited. That is why I am now a governor, maximizing the contents of my head. Because that is one of Mr Habibie's advices, so as not to be clever myself. The knowledge gained is maximized to innovate," said Emil.
"So, actually some of my life's enthusiasm comes from Mr. Habibie's advice, especially the spirit of practicing my knowledge," he concluded.