My Jakarta: Jerry Adhitya Ksatria Sambuaga, Politician
Elizabeth Rosali Rompis
Jerry Adhitya Ksatria Sambuaga is a good example of the aphorism that an apple doesn’t fall far from its tree.
Many people know Jerry’s father, senior Golkar Party politician Theo L. Sambuaga, who was a minister in the first Cabinet of the reform era. As Theo’s youngest son, Jerry, now 27, surprised many people when he entered politics in 2009.
Why are you following in yourfather’s footsteps?
My dad was a politician since before I was born, so little things like daily family discussions started to grow inside of me. Seeing what my father had been through influenced my personality and character.
The feeling just kept getting stronger and stronger so at some point I made the call. I am keen to make something of myself in politics.
What do you think about the world of politics?
I think that the world of politics is all about serving the country with all that you can give.
Politics is everywhere, because personal interests within any relationship are everywhere. So I learned how politics can be used as a medium to fulfill an interest. It can be done by creating policies that will bring good to this country.
Why do you think that young people should get involved in politics?
The world of politics is not only for seniors. The younger generation is only now beginning to show what it can do, and the people of that generation are now starting to leave their own footprints.
Of course we are hoping that with our untainted idealism, we can give an honest contribution to the country in all sectors, from social welfare, to stability and growth of the economy, to preservation and growth of culture, to law enforcement.
It’s time for young people to make a real and practical contribution for the betterment of the country, instead of just being critics without doing anything.
Politics can provide a clear path for the younger generation to channel their patriotic spirit for their beloved country.
Moreover, politics is still the driving force of all development in a country. It plays a huge part in policymaking in all sectors of development.
How do you respond to the view that politics is a sandbox where you eventually have to get down and dirty?
I just need to stay focused to show my best to the public.
As a citizen, I feel that I have the responsibility to take real action through the path that I choose.
Society needs to be made to understand that becoming a citizen of a democratic country means we are holding some “stock” in what is happening. Therefore, we also have the right and responsibility to take part in government.
So what are you doing to balance the dark side of being a politician?
I am trying to give special attention to the world of education.
I teach as a lecturer in Universitas Pelita Harapan in the international relations major.
And to see it from an outside perspective, I run a consulting business, called The Zoom Strategist, that focuses on policy and political strategy.
What do you think about your achievements so far?
For me, an achievement is not always about a result. It’s actually a never-ending process of giving your best efforts in all aspects and to best serving all kind of people, regardless of their differences.
With all your activity in politics, education and business, do you still get a chance to enjoy life as a young healthy man?
Actually, having all of those routines is how I enjoy my life [laughs], with all its chores and targets. I enjoy everything about my hectic life. Still, sometimes I catch a movie with some friends or hang around with my family.
Actually I like music, and have since I was a teenager. I was a bassist at junior high school. But I haven’t had time lately, so its only done as a rare hobby.