REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA --- Former President BJ Habibie dies at the age 0f 83 after treated in the Gatot Subroto Army Hospital (RSPAD) since September 1. The Chairperson of Partai Demokrasi Indonesia Perjuangan (Struggle Indonesia Democracy Party/PDIP), Megawati Soekarnoputri, expresses her condolences over the passing away of the 3rd President of the Republic of Indonesia BJ Habibie.
Megawati told that the Indonesian nation has lost its inspiringleader. "The Indonesian nation has lost the figure of an inspiring leader who never tired of giving enthusiasm," Megawati said in the official statement on Wednesday (11/9).
Megawati instructs all the PDIP family to pay best respect to Habibie. Megawati believes that Habibie's life must be emulated by all Indonesian people where he has a big role for Indonesia.
BJ Habibie was born in Parepare, South Sulawesi on June 25, 1936. Habibie died due to heart health problems. Dozens of teams of doctors have tried to restore Habibie's health after entering the Army Hospital on September 1.
Habibie was a prominent scientis and engineer serving as the Technology and Research Minister in the era of President Soeharto before chosen as vice president. Habibie continued his political career by replacing Soeharto as the Indonesian President.