Lenny Tristia Tambun
Former Jakarta governor Wiyogo Atmodarminto died on Friday evening in Jakarta. He was 89.
Wiyogo, who was governor of Jakarta from 1987 to 1992, died at MMC Hospital in Jakarta at 8 p.m. on Friday. The cause of death has not been identified, but he reportedly fainted in his home, after which he was immediately rushed to the hospital.
Jakarta government spokesman Eko Hariadi said Wiyogo’s remains will be laid for viewing at his house on Jalan Banyumas in Menteng, Central Jakarta.
The funeral, according to media reports, will be held at Kalibata Heroes’ Cemetery in South Jakarta midday on Saturday.
Wiyogo, a retired Army general, was born in Yogyakarta on Nov. 22, 1922. He was involved in the March 1, 1949 Indonesian Army’s attack on Dutch troops in Yogyakarta.
He served as the chief of one of Indonesia’s three Kowilhan commanders from 1981-1983 and the chief of the Army’s Strategic Reserve Command (Kostrad) from 1978-1980. He was the Indonesian ambassador to Japan before serving as governor of Jakarta.
During his tenure as governor, Wiyogo was known to often visit residents’ houses, and was considered an open and highly-disciplined personality.
However, he was most famous for ridding Jakarta of the three-wheeled pedicabs known as ‘becaks.’ He dumped all of them into the sea during his tenure, saying they caused traffic disorders.