2009-2014 Cabinet Ministers

Oct 26th, 2009, in News, by

CabinetWheeling & dealing in the selection of the 2009-2014 Cabinet, foreign plants & political hacks.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono announced his second United Indonesia Cabinet on 21st October, the portfolios and ministers divided into relevant sections:


  • Security: Marshal (ret) Djoko Suyanto
  • Economy: Hatta Rajasa
  • People’s Welfare: Agung Laksono
  • State Secretary: Sudi Silalahi


  • Domestic Affairs: Gamawan Fauzi
  • Foreign Affairs: Marty Natalegawa
  • Defence: Purnomo Yusgiantoro
  • Justice and Human Rights: Patrialis Akbar
  • Finance: Sri Mulyani
  • Mines & Energy: Darwin Saleh
  • Industry: MS Hidayat
  • Trade: Mari E. Pangestu
  • Agriculture: Suswono
  • Forestry: Zulkifli Hasan
  • Transportation: Freddy Numberi
  • Fisheries: Fadel Muhammad
  • Manpower & Transmigration: Muhaimin Iskandar
  • Public Works: Djoko Kirmanto
  • Health: Endang Rahayu Setianingsih
  • Education: Mohammad Nuh
  • Social Services: Salim Segaf Al Jufri
  • Religion: Suryadharma Ali
  • Culture & Tourism: Jero Wacik
  • Communications & Information: Tifatul Sembiring


  • Research & Technology: Suharna Suryapranata
  • Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises: Syarifudin Hasan
  • Environment: Gusti Muhammad Hatta
  • Womens’ Empowerment & Child Protection: Linda Amalia Sari
  • Administrative Reform: Evert Ernest Mangindaan
  • Disadvantaged Regions: Ahmad Helmy Faishal Zaini
  • National Development Planning: Armida Alisjahbana
  • State Enterprises: Mustafa Abubakar
  • Youth & Sport: Andi Mallarangeng
  • Public Housing: Suharso Manoarfa


  • State Intelligence (BIN): General (ret) Sutanto
  • Head of Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM): Gita Wirjawan
  • Presidential Unit for the Management of Reform Programs (UKP3R): Kuntoro Mangkusubroto

Three other roles which saw no change and were not announced formally: Attorney General (Hendarman Supandji), Chief of Staff (Djoko Santoso) and Police Chief (General Bambang Hendarso Danuri).

For harmony and balance the list includes one Papuan (Freddie Numberi), one ethnic Chinese (Mari Elka Pangestu), one Balinese (Jero Wacik), one Minahasan (E.E. Mangindaan), with these names also making up the bulk of the non-Muslim contingent, which also includes the Javanese Catholic Purnomo Yusgiantoro. thejakartapost

Purnomo Yusgiantoro
Purnomo Yusgiantoro

Broken down by island the composition is Java 22, Sumatra 11 (5 Minang), Sulawesi 4, Bali, Papua and Kalimantan one each.

Politically twenty among the appointments are from coalition parties (the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), the National Mandate Party (PAN), the United Development Party (PPP), National Awakening Party (PKB) and Golkar).

Some foreign observers expressed disappointment in the choices, that they were conventional and lacklustre, and included too few reformers and too many political/factional appointments without any real experience in their portfolio areas.

The Economist praised the retaining of technocrats such as Sri Mulyani Indrawati in Finance and Mari Pangestu in Trade, while deploring the selection of Purnomo Yusgiantoro in Defence, the latter said to have had a poor reputation in his past Energy portfolio. economist

Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih
Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih

While a local observer, Agung Nugroho from ‘Dewan Kesehatan Rakyat’, received much media attention when he complained that Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih won the Health portfolio at the insistence of foreign governments, because unlike her predecessor Siti Fadilah Supari she would not struggle to develop public health services, and that she was on record as approving of the American government owned Namru laboratory in Jakarta. matanews

9 Comments on “2009-2014 Cabinet Ministers”

  1. Burung Koel says:

    Thanks Patung – this is a good one stop summary.

  2. Chris says:

    The Health Minister was the 2nd choice too.

    Has anybody heard why the 1st choice (I’ve forgotten her name) didn’t get it? At first, people said she flunked the medical, but the hospital said no. Then there was a rumour that the tobacco industry baulked and placed pressure on SBY to choose another.

  3. Pena Budaya says:

    Nila Djuwita Anfasah Moeloek was the 1st candidate for Health Minister. reported that she failed in fit and proper test. Complete news on her failure can be read here.
    Endang was graduated from Harvard University, perhaps that is also the reason for SBY to choose her instead of Nila.

    Somehow I think the cabinet is too big and it looks ineffective & chaotic.

    I would combine Youth issue under Education or Manpower. While Womens’ Empowerment & Child Protection would be ideally under Justice & Human Rights since all related problem in regards to women & children are strongly related to bias gender regulation & law plus weak law enforcement. I have never understood what Public Works ministry does *anyone can please tell me???* I think Disadvantaged Regions, Public Housing, Transmigration issue could be under National Development Planning ..aaargghh it’s so chaotic..what are the aims of this cabinet?? From its composition, it looks like this cabinet will cost overlapping assignment!

  4. Burung Koel says:

    Public Works = Perkerjaan Umum = PU

    Obviously you’ve never tried to navigate the Indonesian Government’s arcane tendering processes 🙂

    Here’s their website.

  5. Oigal says:

    Which was the Minister/s arrested in Thailand for ….very unsavory (alleged anyway) sexual activties?

  6. Lairedion says:

    Too bad Hassan Wirayuda isn’t in anymore. I once saw an interview with him on BBC’s Hard Talk. He answered a question like this:

    “You cannot compare apples with durians”


  7. David says:

    Which was the Minister/s arrested in Thailand for ….very unsavory (alleged anyway) sexual activties?

    I think it was Cambodia – Helmy Faishal Zaini and Suharso Manoarfa, in 2005, appears the police set them up in the hotel, offered them girls, they were underage, then busted them in their rooms, revenue raising thing sounds like. They went there for an ASEAN Parlementary Organization meeting, although one report I saw had Helmy claiming he has never set foot in Cambodia and you can check his passport if you like….

    Hotel Reviewers Needed!

  8. Valorie says:

    I have found everyone’s comments very interesting and enlighting. I am a student in the US and working on a research paper. Can someone tell me the best internet place to locate information for my paper. I am researching “Women Leaders of Indonesia”.


  9. Browser says:

    A very good example of how SBY translate “Indonesia Bersatu” (Indonesia unite) concept; read: give something to everyone, talk about the quality (both something’s and everyone’s) later.

    @ Valorie: Google (lol 🙂 )
    If you want to write a comprehensive paper, I think you better start with women leaders before Indonesia’s independence. Kartini, although she wasn’t a leader is definitely one name you should start. Tjoet Njak Dien / Cut Nyak Din (spell check), is also worth to tell.
    After the independence, there are Megawati Sukarno Putri, Sri Mulyani, and Miranda Gultom (I wonder how she can survive 5 presidency)

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