TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Mayor of Parepare, H.M. Taufan Pawe, plans to turn the house where the late B.J. Habibie was born into a museum. The third President of Indonesia was born in the center of the city, in a house that had become an asset of the Stat-owned Enterprises Ministry.
"We can turn this house into a museum," Taufan said when visiting Habibie before his death on September 11, 2019.
The mayor reminisced the time he mentioned this idea to the late president, to which he answered a challenge to make it happen.
The BJ Habibie Museum idea is supported by South Sulawesi governor, Nurdin Abdullah.
The mayor said that Bank Nasional Indonesia or BNI had agreed to make the house a regional asset.
"Pak Habibie and I met with BNI and fortunately the house is now a state asset. God willing, we will start building the museum in 2020," he said.
Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie was born in Parepare on June 25, 1936. He died in Jakarta yesterday evening, September 11. He was 83 years old.