Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Panjaitan used Facebook to extend his birthday greetings to Jokowi as well as praising the president.
‘Happy 59th Birthday to President Jokowi. May you remain steadfast in addressing every challenge no matter how small or big. May you remain strong in moving Indonesia forward,” wrote Luhut.
Luhut described Indonesian President Jokowi as a strong character, but a simple person with a high concern for others.
Jokowi was described by Luhut as an individual who has remained the same since the minister first met him 12 years ago.
Luhut also shared Jokowi’s constant reminder to the ‘Indonesia Forward’ administration to always prioritize the people’s interests first in every policy decision-making process.
Other key Indonesian figures who wished Jokowi a happy birthday included Finance Minister Sri Mulyani, Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto, President Commissioner of Pertamina Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok), and Senior Investigator at the Corruption Eradication Commission, Novel Baswedan.
Jokowi was born in Surakarta on June 21, 1961 to mother Sudjiatmi and father Noto Mihardjo.