J. B. Sumarlin

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J. B. Sumarlin
17th List of Ministers of Finance of Indonesia
In office
March 21, 1988 – March 17, 1993
President Suharto
Preceded by Prawiro
Succeeded by Marie Muhammad
3rd National Development Planning Agency
In office
March 19, 1983 – March 21, 1988
President Suharto
Preceded by Widjojo Nitisastro
Succeeded by Saleh Afif
3rd Minister of State for Administrative Reform and Bureaucratic Reform of the Republic of Indonesia
In office
March 28, 1973 – March 19, 1983
President Suharto
Preceded by Emil Salim
Succeeded by Saleh Afif
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] A member of the Berkeley Mafia, Sumarlin has held various important economics posts in the Indonesian government. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Economics, University of Indonesia, in 1958. Positions held include, among others, Chairman of Supreme Audit Agency (CPC), Minister of Finance, Chairman of the Bappenas and Menag PAN.

Early life

Sumarlin earned a M.A. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1960, and a doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh in 1968. Sumarlin's master's thesis was titled Some aspects of American and Indonesian fiscal and monetary policies a comparative study.[2]

Prior to serving in the center of economic policy, graduates S1 Faculty of Economics, University of Indonesia (FE-UI) in 1958, since 1957 this has been a teaching assistant at his alma mater. Then in 1965 was appointed as a lecturer, then as a professor in 1979 FE-UI. Previously, he had worked in an industrial company in Jakarta. In the physical revolution, guerrilla Sumarlin participate as a member of the Indonesian Red Cross, and as a member of the TNI in East Java. For his service, he received honors from the governments of Indonesia in the form of Star Mahaputra Utama, 1973. Two years later he received the Grand Cross in the Order of Leopold II of the Belgian government. Sports enthusiasts tennis and jogging, is married to Th. Yostiana Soedarmi, had four children.

Of small stature, it's never been the introduction furnished himself with Sudharmono, former Secretary of State who is familiarly called Mr. Dhar. When it is, in the beginning of 1969 or the beginning of the New Order resurrection, Sumarlin as the Deputy Fiscal and Monetary Bappenas asked to accompany the Chairman of Bappenas Widjojo Nitisastro attend Cabinet meetings Economics Limited, at the National Palace. Sudharmono while it's still as Secretary of the Presidium of the Cabinet, his assist General Suharto as Chairman of the Presidium of the Ampera Cabinet. Sudharmono (Mr. Dhar), with a serious and straightforward style, even seem 'arrogant and sinister', while pointing his finger towards Sumarlin, Widjojo ask, "Who is that little kid sitting in the back seat Pak Widjojo it?" Sumarlin then directly introduced Widjojo to Mr. Dhar. "Oh, this force Pak Widjojo ever mentioned the other day, which will be drawn to the National Planning Board," said Mr. Dhar again, the casual tone chimed with introductions Sumarlin by Widjojo.

Obtain such treatment, Sumarlin was surprised, feeling guilty, koq dare go sit in the back Widjojo attend the cabinet meeting which is so important for the country. Because who attended the trial as it was very limited and selective once only by ministers. If there is any companion must first be notified to the Secretary of the Cabinet. Sumarlin then discouraged, ask Widjojo order in the next cabinet meeting was not allowed to accompany. However Widjojo encourage him to stay the course as it was present in the sessions of the next cabinet. Solicitation Widjojo true. Sumarlin even become one of the most trusted minister Pak Harto in economics-finance.

While serving as Deputy of Bappenas, Sumarlin very intensive work as a member of Tim Completion Materials Guidelines, 1973, led by Sudharmono as the Secretary of the Cabinet. Every year in charge of preparing the preparation of Annex Sumarlin State Address delivered by Pak Harto each of August 16, in front of Parliament session, which is the annual report of the implementation of the Five-Year Plan.

Sumarlin also active as a member of Team 1973 Completion of Manuscript Guidelines Sudharmono leaders, members of the Board of Trustees Daily Dharma Wanita leader Amirmachmud (Home Secretary), Vice Chairman of the Control of Goods / Equipment Sudharmono led government in 1980, or the day-to- today known as the Tim Decree 10, as well as Vice Chairman of the Grouper Materials Guidelines, 1978, 1983, also led Sudharmono. TSL / ht


Economic Policy Center

Little man and always provide a soothing smile, and dedication has played a central role during the reign of New Order (Orba), particularly in the economic field. From 1970 to 1998, he was instrumental in the center of economic policy and finance. He's one of the architects of the Indonesian economy 'grew up' Widjojo and 'reliable' Pak Harto.

1970 to 1973, the Catholic Nglegok birth, Blitar, East Java, December 7, 1932, with the baptismal name 'Johannes Baptista Sumarlin', is already serving as Secretary Monetary Board. Previously, he had served even as Deputy Fiscal and Monetary Bappenas. During the next ten years (1973–1983), served Sumarlin Minister of State for Administrative Control (minister), concurrently Vice Chairman and Chairman of Bappenas Opstib. Later, he served as the State Minister for National Development Planning (Minister VAT) concurrently Chairman of Bappenas in 1983–1988. On the sidelines of that period he was appointed interim Minister of Finance and Minister of Education & Culture ad interim, replacing Prof. Dr. Nugroho Notosusanto who died in 1985.

In the Fifth Development Cabinet, March 21, 1998 – March 17, 1993, Sumarlin served as Minister of Finance. After that, before the fall of the regime New Order, Sumarlin entrusted to lead the state institutions, as Chairman of the Supreme Audit Agency (CPC). He's one of the architects of the founding figures Indonesian economy with other economies, such as Widjojo Nitisastro, Emil Salim and Ali Wardhana. They were dubbed the "Berkeley Mafia". A nickname that comes from the makers and decision-makers in the field of economics regimes it is a doctoral graduate of the universities of environmental Berkeley, USA.



  • 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)



  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. ^ 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
Succeeded by
Satrio Budihardjo Joedono
Preceded by
Finance Minister
Succeeded by
Marie Muhammad
Preceded by
Widjojo Nitisastro
Chairman of Bappenas
Succeeded by
Saleh Afif
Preceded by
Emil Salim
Minister of State for Administrative Control
Succeeded by
Afif Saleh
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