J. B. Sumarlin

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J. B. Sumarlin
Minister of Finance
In office
March 21, 1988 – March 17, 1993
President Suharto
Preceded by Radius Prawiro
Succeeded by Marie Muhammad
Head of National Development Planning Agency
In office
March 19, 1983 – March 21, 1988
President Suharto
Preceded by Widjojo Nitisastro
Succeeded by Saleh Afiff
Minister of State for Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform
In office
March 28, 1973 – March 19, 1983
President Suharto
Preceded by Emil Salim
Succeeded by Saleh Afiff
Personal details
Born (1932-12-07) December 7, 1932 (age 85)
Nglegok, Blitar, East Java
Alma mater University of Indonesia

Johannes Baptista Sumarlin (born in Nglegok, Blitar, East Java, 7 December 1932) is an Indonesian economist and a former Minister of Finance.[1] Sometimes linked with the so-called Berkeley Mafia group of economic advisers which included senior Indonesian economists such as Widjojo Nitisastro, Emil Salim and Ali Wardhana, Sumarlin held various important economics posts in the Indonesian government for many years until the late 1990s. He graduated from the Faculty of Economics, University of Indonesia (FEUI) in 1958. Positions held in government include, among others, Chairman of Supreme Audit Agency, Minister of Finance, Chairman of the National Planning Agency (Bappenas), and Minister for Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform.

Early life

Sumarlin graduated with an M.A. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1960, and a doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh in 1968.[2] His master's thesis was about Some Aspects of American and Indonesian Fiscal and Monetary Policies: A Comparative Study[3] and his doctoral's thesis was entitled Some Aspects of Stabilization Policies and Their Institutional Problems: The Indonesian Case 1950-1960.

After graduating with an undergraduate degree (S1 in the Indonesian system) at the University of Indonesia in 1958, Sumarlin served as a teaching assistant for some years. In 1965 he was appointed as a lecturer in the FEUI, then as a professor in 1979. Previously, he had worked in an industrial company in Jakarta. During earlier political struggles, Sumarlin had worked as as a member of the Indonesian Red Cross, and as a recruit in the Indonesian army (Tentara Nasional Indonsia, or TNI) in East Java. For his service, in 1973 he received the Mahaputra Utama star, one of the highest honours awarded in Indonesia. Two years later he was awarded the Grand Cross in the Order of Leopold II of the Belgian government. In his private life, Sumarlin is a sports enthusiast and enjoys tennis and jogging. He is married to Th. Yostiana Soedarmi. Together they have had four children.

Sumarlin has a slight build and this was associated with an incident that became well-known among his colleagues in Jakarta. Around 1969, during the early stage of the work of the New Order government of president Soeharto, in his position as Deputy Minister of the Indonesian National Planning Agency, Bappenas, Sumarlin was often required to accompany the Chair of Bappenas, Professor Widjojo Nitisastro, to Cabinet meetings. During one of the meetings at the National Palace, Cabinet Secretary Sudharmono is said to have casually gestured towards Sumarlin asking, "Who is the boy sitting there, Widjojo?" Widjojo then introduced Sumarlin to the Cabinet Secretary. Sudharmono responded that, indeed, he recalled that Widjojo had mentioned that that he was recruiting a team to work with him in the National Planning Agency.

After the incident, Sumarlin was reluctant to continue attending Cabinet meetings, knowing that attendance was usually severely limited and the names of participants needed to be notified to Cabinet Secretary Sudharmono beforehand. But Widjojo encouraged Sumarlin to continue attending. Widjojo's approach proved correct because, in time, Sumarlin became one of Soeharto's most trusted economics advisers.

While serving as Deputy Chair of Bappenas, Sumarlin was closely involved in drafting government reforms with guidance from Cabinet Secretary Sudharmono. He was regularly involved, for example, in the preparation of the key Annex document attached to the Presidential State Address released on August 16 each year for presentation to parliament. He was also actively in government administration as a member of various official teams charged with reviews of procedures governing such things as controls over the procurement of goods and equipment.

Serving

Although of modest statue and well-known for his disarming smile, Sumarlin gained the reputation of being an effective minister during much of the period of the New Order government in Indonesia. From 1970 through to 1998, he was influential in helping guide economic and financial policy. Along with Widjojo and the other main ministers in the government's economic team, Sumarlin became one of the key economic policy advisers to president Soeharto.

From 1970 to 1973, Sumarlin was secretary to the Indonesian Monetary Board. Previously, he had held the post of deputy minister for Fiscal and Monetary Affairs in the Indonesian National Planning Agency. During the next ten years (1973–1983), Sumarlin served as Minister of State for Administrative Control. Later, between 1983 and 1988, he was appointed to the position of State Minister for National Development Planning, concurrently holding the post of Chairman of the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas). On the sidelines during that period he was appointed interim Minister of Finance, and also Minister of Education & Culture ad interim replacing Prof. Dr. Nugroho Notosusanto who died in 1985.

Sumarlin then became Minister of Finance in the Fifth Development Cabinet (March 21, 1988 – March 17, 1993). Subsequently, before the fall of the New Order government in 1998, he was appointed to the senior post of Chairman of the Supreme Audit Agency (Badan Permeriksaan Keuangan, or BPK).

Career

Education

  • Elementary School I, Blitar (1944)
  • SMP, Kediri and Yogyakarta (1947)
  • High School, Yogyakarta and Jakarta (1952)
  • Faculty of Economics, University of Indonesia (1958)
  • University of California, Berkeley, USA (MA, 1960)
  • University of Pittsburgh, USA (doctorate, 1968)

Positions held

  • Assistant lecturer at the Faculty of Economics, University of Indonesia (UI) (1957)
  • Lecturer and later Professor of Economics UI (1960–present)
  • Secretary of the Monetary Board (1970–1973)
  • Deputy Head of Bappenas field of Fiscal and Monetary (1970–1973)
  • Members of the Assembly (1972–1988)
  • Vice Chairman of National Development Planning Agency (1973–1982)
  • Chairman Opstib, concurrently Minister of State for Administrative Control (1973–1983)
  • Minister of State for National Development Planning, concurrently Chairman of the National Development Planning Agency (1983–1988)
  • Education Minister ad interim (1985)
  • Finance Minister of Development Cabinet V (1988–1993)
  • Chairman of the CPC 1993–1998
  • Chairman (Independent) Asuransi Ramayana Tbk. (ASRM)

Awards

References

  1. ^ Wells, Louis T; Rafiq Ahmad (2007). Making Foreign Investment Safe: Property Rights and National Sovereignty. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press. p. 48. ISBN 9780198042433. Retrieved 2013-05-10.
  2. ^ Mustopadidjaja AR (2012). Bappenas dalam Sejarah Perencanaan Pembangunan Indonesia 1945-2025 [Bappenas in the History of Development Planning in Indonesia 1945-2025]. Jakarta: LP3ES. p. 543. ISBN 978-979-3330-97-6.
  3. ^ Sumarlin, Johannes Baptista (1960). Some aspects of American and Indonesian fiscal and monetary policies a comparative study (M.A. in Economics). Berkeley, Ca.: University of California, Berkeley.

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Preceded by
M. Jusuf
Chairman of the Supreme Audit Agency
1993–1998
Succeeded by
Satrio Budihardjo Joedono
Preceded by
Radius Prawiro
Finance Minister
1988–1993
Succeeded by
Marie Muhammad
Preceded by
Widjojo Nitisastro
Chair of the National Development Planning Agency
1983–1988
Succeeded by
Saleh Afiff
Preceded by
Emil Salim
Minister of State for Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform
1973–1983
Succeeded by
Saleh Afiff
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