IL News 024/2020
Friday, August 14th, 2020
The Leimena Institute, represented by Budi Setiamarga, was invited by History Subject Teachers’ Forum (MGMP) at Penabur Jakarta Christian High School to share “Role of Johannes Leimena in Politic, Government, and Church”. The Zoom webinar was attended by 36 History subject teachers from Greater Jakarta on Friday, August 14th, 2020.
The webinar was expected to give better understanding on Johannes Leimena (1905-1977) as role model in politic, government, and also church ministry. As Jong Ambon chairman, at the age of 23 years old, he participated at the 1928 Youth Pledge, which was a highlighted historical moment to establish Indonesia Independence.
During his career as STOVIA graduated doctor, he was known as skilful doctor. He was also a director at several hospitals. During Sukarno era, Johannes Leimena was appointed as a Minister for 20 years in a row (1946-1966), he even hold position as Deputy Prime Minister. Even though he has been appointed 7 times as Indonesia President ad interim, he was known humble doing his responsibility.
As a Minister of Health, he also designed public health plan known as Bandung Plan, which later become Puskesmas as known until today. As Pasundan Christian Church member, Johannes Leimena was also actively involved in several ministries. He even founded Indonesia Christian Students Movement (GMKI) and Council of Churches in Indonesia (DGI). For his state services, Dr. Johannes Leimena was awarded National Hero by Government of Indonesia on 2010.