Today, on September 11, 2019, the Indonesian people have cried again. The former third prisoner of the Republic of Indonesia, Prof. Dr. Ing. H. Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie, died at 83 years of age, after spending a few days in the hospital.
B.J. Habibie was born in Parepare, South Sulawesi, on June 25, 1936. He was the third president of the Republic of Indonesia.
After graduating from ITB (Bandung Institute of Technology), Habibie continued his studies in aeronautical engineering, specializing in the construction of airplanes, in RWTH Aachen, West Germany, receiving an engineer's diploma in 1960 and an engineering doctorate in 1965 with the Summa Cum Laude title.
When he returned from Germany he served as Minister of Research and Technology of the State from 1978 to March 1998. During his position he began to implement the "Vision of Indonesia" that is based on research and technology, particularly in the strategic industries managed by PT. IPTN, PINDAD and PT. PAL.
B.J. Habibie was the seventh vice president of the Republic of Indonesia, replacing Mr. Try Sutrisno, and succeeded Suharto, when he resigned from the presidency on May 21, 1998.
In his brief era of government, he managed to provide a solid base for Indonesia, during which the Antitrust Law, the changes to the Political Parties Law and most importantly, the Regional Autonomy Law were implemented.
According to the opposition, one of the biggest mistakes he made while serving as president was allowing the referendum on the province of East Timor (now Timor Leste). East Timor separated from the Republic of Indonesia on August 30, 1999.
B.J. Habibie married Hasri Ainun Besari on May 12, 1962. They had two children, Ilham Akbar Habibie and Thareq Kemal Habibie. The marriage was an example of love that came to the cinema with the title of "Habibie and Ainum" on December 20, 2012.