TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - President Joko Widodo, also known as President Jokowi, had something to say about the visit from Saudi Arabia's King Salman a few months ago. It was an unforgettable moment for some of the Indonesian citizens who greeted the King throughout his visit in Indonesia.
During President Jokowi's speech at Buntet Islamic Boarding School in Astanajapura, West Java, he let out a few things that bothered his mind regarding King Salman's visit.
"I am a little disappointed about Saudi Arabia’s investment. [The investment] was small, yes small!" says President Jokowi as quoted by Presidential Palace's press release on Thursday, April 13, 2017.
The President explained that his disappointment lies on the fact that Indonesia received a small amount of investment compared to China. Indonesia received a Rp 89 trillion investment from Saudi Arabia meanwhile China received Rp 870 trillion.
President Jokowi admitted that he had hoped that Saudi Arabia would invested a large amount of money in Indonesia following the extravagant welcome prepared by the government for King Salman.
"I even held up the umbrella for King Salman when it rained. I also drove the car myself to show him around the Bogor Palace," President Jokowi stated.
Indonesian State Officials originally hoped that Saudi Arabia would at leats invested USD 25 billion (RP 332 trillion).