Nurdin Abdullah (born 7 February 1963) is an Indonesian politician and academician who is the 8th governor of South Sulawesi and regent of Bantaeng Regency between 2008 and 2018.

Nurdin Abdullah
Official Portrait Nurdin Abdullah, Governor of South Sulawesi (2).jpg
8th Governor of South Sulawesi
Assumed office
5 September 2018
DeputySudirman Sulaiman
Preceded bySyahrul Yasin Limpo
Regent of Bantaeng
In office
15 August 2008 – 15 August 2018
DeputyAndi Asli Mustajab
Muhammad Yasin
Preceded byAzikin Solthan
Succeeded byIlham Azikin
Personal details
Born (1963-02-07) 7 February 1963 (age 56)
Parepare, South Sulawesi, Indonesia
Spouse(s)Liestiaty F. Nurdin
Alma materHasanuddin University
Kyushu University

Born in Parepare, he studied agricultural science in Japan's Kyushu University and returned home, running his own business and teaching before becoming the regent of Bantaeng for two terms. His time as regent saw significant economic growth within the regency, in addition to improvements in health. In the last year of his second term, he participated in the province's gubernatorial election and won.

Early lifeEdit

Nurdin was born in 7 February 1963 as the eldest child of six. His father, Andi Abdullah, was a member of the Indonesian National Armed Forces. Her mother Nuareny Abdullah originated from Soppeng. He claimed that he is a descendant of the Bantaeng kings - specifically, that his grandfather was the 35th King of Bantaeng.[1][2][3]


He went to junior high school (Sekolah Menengah Pertama/SMPN) in his hometown of Parepare, before going to Makassar for his senior high school studies, graduating in 1986. He continued his education in Hasanuddin University, studying agriculture and forestry. After obtaining his bachelors, he continued to Kyushu University, earning his masters and doctorate by 1994.[1][4]


In 1997, he returned to South Sulawesi and established a company (PT Tokai Material Indonesia, later renamed PT Maruki Internasional) producing butsudan from wood for export to Japan in Makassar with the help of Japanese investors. He also held the post of president-director in three other Japanese companies.[1][5]

Regent (2008-2018)Edit

In 2008, Nurdin Abdullah ran with Andi Asli Mustajab in Bantaeng's regency election. The pair handily won the election, polling about 46 percent of the votes in a four-pair race in which they were supported by 10 political parties.[6][7] Following the victory, Nurdin resigned from his teaching position at Hasanuddin University and from PT Maruki Internasional.[8] They were sworn in on 6 August 2008.[9]

When he took office, Bantaeng was one of 199 regencies across the country (and 13 in the province) to be classified as "undeveloped".[10] Nurdin established a health service system, based on modified Nissan Elgrand cars received as aid from Japan, which was credited with significantly reducing the maternal mortality ratio.[11] In economic terms, the regency's agricultural sector experienced a significant increase in crop yields and improved diversification under his tenure. Unemployment fell from 12 to 2.3 percent, with absolute poverty dropping from 21 to 5 percent. A 3,000-hectare industrial park was also set up, which was to include a nickel-alloy smelter. Annual income rose from IDR 5 million to IDR 27 million in 2015.[3] Said smelter would be delayed in its operation, causing some controversy as Nurdin was accused of utilizing its (cancelled) opening as a false campaigning premise.[12]

Implementing the lelang jabatan system also used by then-Surakarta mayor and later president Joko Widodo since 2009, Nurdin would win four Adipura awards in a row in addition to multiple other accolades from central government ministries. He was reelected in 2013, winning 84 percent of the votes.[13] His second term expired on 15 August 2018.[14]

He was also made a full professor at his alma mater Hasanuddin University on November 2017.[15]

Governor (2018-)Edit

In 2018, he registered to run in the province's gubernatorial election, with his tenure expiring the same year. He ran with Andi Sudirman Sulaiman, the younger brother of agriculture minister Amran Sulaiman.[16] Supported by PDI-P, PKS and PAN,[17] the pair would win the four-candidate election, securing victory in 16 regencies and cities within the province with a total of 1,867,303 votes (43.87%).[18] He was sworn in by president Joko Widodo on 5 September 2018.[19]


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  5. ^ "Altar Suci Warga Jepang Ternyata Made in Makassar". Detik (in Indonesian). 12 September 2014. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
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  7. ^ "2 Saudara Kandung Berebut Kursi Bupati Bantaeng". Detik (in Indonesian). 24 June 2008. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
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  12. ^ "Ternyata Tak Ada Perekrutan Calon Operator Smelter, NA Mau Bohong Lagi?". Rakyat Sulsel (in Indonesian). 14 May 2018. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  13. ^ "Aksi dan Ambisi Nurdin, Bupati Bergelar Profesor yang Meraih 50 Award". Detik (in Indonesian). 20 February 2014. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
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  16. ^ Nur Abdurrahman, Muhammad (7 October 2017). "Nurdin Abdullah Pilih Adik Mentan Jadi Wakilnya di Pilgub Sulsel". Detik (in Indonesian). Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  17. ^ "PROF. DR. IR. H. M. NURDIN ABDULLAH, M.Agr". Komisi Pemilihan Umum. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  18. ^ Amiruddin, Herman (9 July 2018). "Hasil Lengkap Pleno KPU Sulsel, Nurdin Abdullah-Andi Sudirman Menang di 16 Kabupaten". Okezone (in Indonesian). Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  19. ^ "Presiden Jokowi Lantik 9 Gubernur dan Wagub Hasil Pilkada 2018". KOMPAS (in Indonesian). 5 September 2018. Retrieved 5 September 2018.