While former President Of IndonesiaÂ Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono might raised his children in the lap of luxury, his replacement, Joko “Jokowi” WidodoÂ are on the other side of the fence.
Unlike the other offsprings of the rich and powerful, the Widodos has a very humble upbringing, preferring to live a quite life away from their famous father’s spotlight.
Gibran Rakabuming,27, the eldest of Jokowi’s three adult children, opts to remain humble, driving a Mazda hatchback bought from the profit of his catering and wedding-planning business.
Clearly a very successful self-made businessman, Gibran decided to stay in their family hometown of Surakarta,Central Java to take care of his enterprise, while his father had sworn in as the republic’s president earlier today.
While his mother and two siblings have been in Jakarta since last week to prepare for the ceremony, Gibran said he was just too busy with orders that made it impossible for him to leave the city.
“I have a company to take care of. I will be able to leave the city only once my catering jobs are done,” Gibran, who recently turned 27, told The Jakarta Post on Friday.
The former Surakarta mayor and Jakarta governor was rarely seen in public with their children – Gibran, daughter Kahiyang Ayu, 23, and youngest son Kaesang Pangarep, 18 – during his presidential campaign earlier this year.
In fact, the new First Lady,Iriana,51, also rarely seen sharing her husband’s glory.
However, despite the family’s paramount principle on modesty, Jokowi and Iriana spared no expense in providing their children with the best education.
Jokowi sent Gibran to study in Singapore and Australia during his high school and undergraduate years.
Kahiyang has recently completed her undergraduate degree in food technology at state-run Sebelas Maret University (UNS) in Surakarta, while Kaesang, like his elder brother, completed his high school years in Singapore.
When asked on the differences he felt after his father’s election, Kaesang candidly replied: “I am still treated the same in school, so far nothing has changed.”
Jokowi’s wife was never even seen carrying expensive handbags, and always appeared simple and unpretentious in her husband’s many official engagements. This has largely made Jokowi touted as Indonesia’s ‘saviour’ and a ‘working-class hero’ by his constituents following his ideal of modesty, a trait that is largely lacking among high-ranking public officials, who were deemed too ager to flaunt their families’ opulent and indulgent lifestyle.
When asked about her family’s humility, Irdina answered: “We would like things to flow naturally, there’s nothing special about us.”
Meanwhile, the general public also applaud the President’s mother.
The 71-year-old travelled economy to her son’s inauguration ceremony in the nation’s capital. She said she had made no special preparations and didn’t even buy any new clothes for the occasion.
“I will just wear green,” she said. Hats off to you,old girl.MYNEWSHUB/Text: Sara Khalid