Bogor. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Wednesday announced Nafsiah Mboi would be the new Health Minister.
“I saw commitment and real work from her to make people healthy,” Yudhoyono said at the Bogor presidential palace. “Therefore, I consider her to be the right person for the position of Health Minister.”
Nafsiah, 72, is seen by many as too old to hold a ministerial post. However, her track record shows she is a qualified replacement.
She graduated from the University of Indonesia’s School of Medicine in 1964 and became a pediatrician in Belgium. She shared a 1986 Ramon Magsaysay Award, went on to work as a civil servant at the health ministry and in 2006 was appointed by Yudhoyono as the head of the National AIDS commission.
Nafsiah will fill the position left vacant when Minister Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih died from cancer on May 2.
The president also appointed Rudi Rubiandini Suharsyah as the deputy minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Muhammad Chatib Basri as the new chairman of the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) and Hendarman Supandji as the new head of National Land Agency (BPN).
Yudhoyono said Rudi had the knowledge and the commitment to develop energy and mineral resources in Indonesia, the same quality the late deputy minister Widjajono Partowidagdo, who died on April 21, had.
“I consider him just like Widjajono who developed program policy and action plans as well as worked to develop mineral and energy resources as well as national energy,” Yudhoyono said.
Rudi, 50, has been the deputy head of operations at BP Migas, the state upstream oil and gas regulator, since August of last year. He graduated from the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) and later the Technische Universitaet Clausthal in Germany, specializing in petroleum engineering. He spent his early career as a lecturer at ITB before joining BP Migas.
Chatib Basri, 46, a senior lecturer at the University of Indonesia’s School of Economics, was appointed because he was active in giving his opinions on the economy to the government and business worlds. Yudhoyono said that his skills were needed to face the global economic crisis.
“He has the skills to take the position as the head of BKPM,” Yudhoyono said.
Hendarman Supandji, 65, was considered a good candidate for handling land disputes because he often dealt with such cases at his previous position as Attorney General.
“Therefore I consider it appropriate to appoint him so he can work to solve problems related to law,” Yudhoyono said.
The previous head of BPN, Joyo Winoto, was removed from his post after being implicated in the scandal surrounding the construction of the Rp 1.2 trillion ($127.2 million) Hambalang sports center in Sentul, Bogor.
Yudhoyono said all of the appointees would be inaugurated on Thursday so they could begin working immediately. They will serve for the next 2.5 years until the end of current cabinet term.
He said Nafsiah and Rudi had undergone fit and proper tests and medical checks.
“As soon as they are installed as minister and deputy minister, they will sign a working contract and an integrity pact.”