Sofjan Wanandi, a.k.a. Lim Bian Khoen (Chinese: 林綿坤; pinyin: Lín Miánkūn; born March 3, 1941) is an Indonesian businessman and the majority owner of Santini Group.[1] Born in Sawahlunto, West Sumatra,[2] he is the brother of Jusuf Wanandi, a senior politician and one of the founders of the CSIS think tank in Jakarta.[2]

Sofjan Wanandi

An anti-communist activist during the 1965-1966 period in Indonesia, Sofjan has been active in business, government, and politics.[3]

Career and education edit

While studying at the University of Indonesia, Sofjan became the chairman of the Catholic Student Association of the Republic of Indonesia (PMKRI).[2] Following the alleged coup attempt by the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) in Indonesia, he was involved in the campaign to suppress PKI.[4] He later became chairman of WE continue with Jaya.[5]

Even prior to the coup attempt, he was active in efforts to oppose PKI's growing influence. As one of the leaders of the Indonesian Students Action Union, his political activism resulted in his imprisonment by the Sukarno government. He was released after five days in jail.[5]

After Soeharto took power from Sukarno, Sofjan joined Suharto's political vehicle, Golkar. Sofjan was close to Suharto aides Ali Murtopo and Soedjono Hoemardani.[5]

In 1974, Sofjan founded the Pakarti Yoga Group of industrial and trading companies. In 1984, he founded Gemala Group, which in 1994 was reincarnated as Santini Group.[6] In 2008, Santini Group had over 15,000 employees, including those working abroad in Australia and Canada. Sofjan led several large companies such as Tata Vehicle insurance, battery manufacturer PT Yuasa Battery Indonesia, and pharmaceutical manufacturers.[5]

He was elected general chairman of the Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo) for the 2008-2013 period.[5] He had led Apindo in a previous five-year period.[7]

References edit

  1. ^ A biography of Sofjan Wanandi was published in 2018 as: Robert Adhi Ksp, Sofjan Wanandi dan Tujuh Presiden: My Love for my Country, Jakarta, Kompas Media Nusantara. ISBN 978-602-412-394-9 (soft cover) and ISBN 978-602-412-395-6 (e-book).
  2. ^ a b c (id)Sofjan Wanandi. Pusat Data dan Analisis Tempo.
  3. ^ Sofjan's brother, Jusuf Wanandi, has written a fast-moving account of the activities that Chinese-Catholic political activists -- including Sofjan -- were involved in during the period of the Soeharto era in Indonesia. See Jusuf Wanandi, Shades of grey: a political memoir of modern Indonesia 1965-1998, Equinox Publishing, Singapore, 2012.
  4. ^ See the extensive details provided in Jusuf Wanandi, op. cit.
  5. ^ a b c d e (id) Lebih Dekat dengan Sofjan Wanandi, Ketua Umum Apindo (2008-2013). (accessed 5 Mei 2010)
  6. ^ "Santini Group History". Santini Group. Santini Group. Retrieved 11 May 2021.
  7. ^ (id) Sofjan Wanandi