Jokowi's Straits Times Award a Teamwork Effort: Palace Spokesman

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - President Joko Widodo, or Jokowi, had been awarded The Straits Times Asian of The Year 2019 after the Singapore-based broadsheet newspaper deemed the president as a “unifying figure in an age of chaos and disruption.”

    Other than Jokowi, other international figures who received the same award in previous years include; Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew; Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi; and China’s President Xi Jinping. 

    Responding to the acknowledgment, Presidential spokesman Fadjroel Rachman in a written statement expressed gratitude and called the achievement as a product of “Smart collective effort with fellow Indonesians.” 

    According to Fadjroel, the award is a prestigious award that acknowledges the hard work of all Indonesians and can kick-start the government’s view in developing human resources, infrastructure, bureaucracy simplicity, regulations, and economic transformation. 

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