Teten Masduki, Farmer's Son Turned Head of Presidential Staff

K. Yudha Wirakusuma    •    Rabu, 02 Sep 2015 17:26 WIB
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Teten Masduki, Farmer's Son Turned Head of Presidential Staff
Teten Masduki inaugurated as the Head of Presidential Staff in Jakarta, September 2nd, 2015. (Photo: Antara Foto / Yudhi Mahatma)

Metrotvnews.com, Jakarta: President Joko Widodo took the oath and inaugurated Teten Masduki as the Head of Presidential Staff. He was given the position to replace Luhut Binsar Panjaitan, who is currently taking the place as the Coordinating Minister of Politics, Law and Security.

Teten was known as an anti-corruption activist born in Garut, West Java, on May 7, 1963. He was born in a farmer family. After graduating from high school, he went to IKIP Bandung, taking chemistry subject. At the university, he often joined with discussion groups, studying the theories from the left to the right.

His name emerged when Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) broke the case involving the attorney general at the time, Andi M. Ghalib. At the moment, Teten headed the organization. Due to his tenacity in revealing the case, he was awarded with Suardi Tasrif Award 1999.

In 2012, Teten decided to run in the 2013 Gubernatorial Election in West Java, with Rieke Diah Pitaloka. The couple, named as PATEN or Rieke-Teten, was brought up by PDI-P with the registration number 5. 

However, the couple failed in winning the election. They placed second out of five candidate couples.

Today's inauguration of Teten was in line with the removal of Luhut as the Head of Presidential Staff. The State Secretary Minister Pratikno called Teten this morning to inform him about his appointment in the position.

"Just this morning, at 08.00 WIB or more (knowing the inauguration)," said the man previously appointed as the Presidential Communication Team after being inaugurated at the State Palace, Wednesday (9/2/2015).

Teten's appointment was based in the Presidential Decree No. 91/P/2015 on the dismissal and appointment of the Head of the Presidential Staff.