Former Indonesian president BJ Habibie. Photo: ReutersFormer Indonesian president BJ Habibie. Photo: Reuters
Former Indonesian president BJ Habibie. Photo: Reuters
Karim Raslan
Opinion

Opinion

Ceritalah by Karim Raslan

History has been kind to BJ Habibie, who transformed Indonesia in 17 months as president

  • His time in power was a whirlwind and Habibie stunned his critics with an unprecedented political ‘big bang’ of reforms
  • However, the so-called liberation of East Timor, although viewed positively by the West, was regarded domestically as his biggest failure

Former Indonesian president BJ Habibie. Photo: ReutersFormer Indonesian president BJ Habibie. Photo: Reuters
Former Indonesian president BJ Habibie. Photo: Reuters
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