A former religious affairs minister, who served under the Suharto regime, died in hospital on Tuesday morning.
Tarmizi Taher, who was Indonesia’s religious affairs minister from 1993 to 1998, died at the Cipto Mangunkusumo General Hospital in Jakarta on Tuesday at 4 a.m., according to Antaranews.com.
While the cause of his death is unclear, his youngest son Dicky said that he had been hospitalized several times since 2011.
“The last time he went in to RSCM [Cipto Mangunkusumo General Hospital] was last Friday until he died today,” Dicky told Republika.com on Tuesday.
His remains will be taken to his house at the navy complex on Jalan Merbau, South Jakarta, before he is buried this afternoon at the Kalibata heroes cemetery.
“There will be prayers for his remains at the Imam Bonjol mosque in Pangkalan Jati navy complex after noon,” Dicky said.
Tarmizi was born in Padang, West Sumatra, on Oct. 7, 1936. After completing a medical degree at the Airlangga University in Surabaya, he entered the navy and retired as a rear admiral.
He was assigned as the secretary general of the Religious Affairs Ministry for five years before he was appointed as the minister by Suharto. During his career in the ministry he coined an Integrated Hajj Computerization System and a Hajj endowment fund.
After leaving his position, he was assigned as an ambassador for Norway and Iceland. He was also appointed as a chairman for the Indonesian Mosque Council in 2006.
Tarmizi is survived by his wife Djusma, four children and five grandchildren.