Haeril Halim, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | National | Tue, December 10 2013, 10:29 AM
The Tahir Foundation, in collaboration with the Indonesian Chinese Entrepreneur Community (Permit), gave its first annual Lifetime Achievement Award to three national figures.
“We, the panel, have selected former president BJ Habibie for bureaucracy, businessman Mochtar Riady for business and former vice president Jusuf Kalla [JK] for philanthropy,” panel member Komaruddin Hidayat, rector of Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University (UIN), told a press briefing on Monday.
The award will be given to the recipients during a gala slated for Dec. 19 at the Shangri-La Hotel. Each winner will get Rp 1 billion (US$ 83,528) from the foundation.
Komaruddin said that the three figures’ achievements made them perfect winners.
“Pak Habibie was a bureaucrat who was concerned about the development of science, human resources, the economy and culture in Indonesia. He could have chosen to stay in Germany and had a prosperous life but he decided to return to Indonesia and improve the quality of information technology,” Komaruddin said.
Tahir, chairman and founder of the Tahir foundation, deemed Mochtar to be the only figure in the country who had successfully developed a vast global business network.
“He also has concerns in other fields such as education and health. Not too many businessmen concern themselves with society’s problems,” he went on.
Komaruddin said that Kalla was chosen for his work to promote humanitarian activism.
“Pak JK was an activist before and after he was vice president. He currently chairs the Indonesian Red Cross [PMI] and the Indonesian Mosque Council [DMI]. He became even more involved in humanitarian activities after becoming vice president,” Komaruddin said.
“Many people have become the head of PMI, but only during his leadership have many businesses started to actively donate to the organization,” another panel award member Primus Dorimulu said.
The committee said the three men had received the panel’s highest scores.
The panel said the search was already on for next year’s candidates.
“We are now starting to look into figure to nominate for next year’s award,” Komaruddin said.
He said that there were two stages involved in picking the winners.
“First, we conducted detailed research on the figures and their contributions to the country from media reports and many other resources. Second, we then crosschecked the information gathered with those who are close to the figures [as a validation effort],” he said.
The committee, which is headed by Tahir, said that the award was meant to inspire people to do more for the country.
“A mature nation is a country where all its people translate the meaning of success into sharing with others, not only acquiring wealth for themselves,” Komaruddin said.