Sutiaji (born 13 May 1964) is an Indonesian politician who is the mayor of Malang, East Java. Previously, he was a member of the city's legislative council and later deputy mayor of the city between 2013 and 2018, and briefly served as acting mayor in 2018 until his official inauguration as mayor.

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Mayor of Malang
Assumed office
24 September 2018
Preceded byMochammad Anton
Deputy Mayor of Malang
Assumed office
13 September 2013
Member of Malang City Council
In office
31 August 2009 – 13 September 2013
Personal details
Born (1964-05-13) 13 May 1964 (age 59)
Lamongan, East Java
Political partyDemokrat
Alma materUIN Maliki

Early lifeEdit

Sutiaji was born in Lamongan on 13 May 1964, and he received his first nine years of education in madrasa there. He then entered the Bahrul Ulum pesantren in Jombang, before studying Tarbiyah (education) at Maulana Malik Ibrahim State Islamic University Malang.[1]


Sutiaji was first elected into the city council in 2009, and was sworn in on 31 August 2009.[2][3] In the city council, Sutiaji was secretary of the National Awakening Party faction.[4] During this time, he was also active in the city's Nahdlatul Ulama organization, and by 2011 he was deputy chairman of its Malang branch.[1]

He later participated in the city's mayoral election in 2013 as the running mate of Mochammad Anton, winning with 47.33% of the votes.[2] The pair was sworn in as Deputy Mayor on 13 September 2013.[5]

In 2018, he once more participated in the city's mayoral election, this time as a mayoral candidate. In order to do this, he signed up and became a member of Demokrat. The other two candidates, including the incumbent Anton, were under custody of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and Sutiaji won with 44.5% of the votes.[6][7]

Due to the incumbent being arrested, Sutiaji became acting mayor once he returned from his electoral leave starting from 23 June 2018.[8][9] During this period, he was examined by KPK as a witness related to bribery in the 2015 city budget, which involved many members of the city council.[10] He was sworn in as mayor on 24 September 2018.[11]

After being sworn in, in December 2018 he issued an internal memo to city officials prohibiting businesses from forcing employees to wear Christmas-themed clothing and for Christmas festivities to be monitored so to not be "annoying".[12]


  1. ^ a b "Sutiaji, dari Pesantren Mengabdi untuk Kota Malang". Malang Times (in Indonesian). 2 June 2016. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b Arif, M Erfan (12 November 2018). "The Political Marketing Strategy of Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Malang City (A Phenomenological Study on the Success of Mohammad Anton and Sutiaji (Mas) in Winning the Mayor Office)". KnE Social Sciences. 3 (10). doi:10.18502/kss.v3i10.3410.
  3. ^ "Ijazah Dua Anggota DPRD Kabupaten Malang Diduga Palsu". Tempo (in Indonesian). 15 November 2009. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  4. ^ "DPRD Kota Malang Belum Punya Tenaga Profesional". Tempo. 18 June 2010. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Usai Dilantik, Abah Anton Kumpulkan Semua Pejabat Kota Malang". Surya (in Indonesian). 13 September 2013. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  6. ^ Kurniawan, Endra (7 January 2018). "Resmi, Sutiaji Jadi Kader Demokrat dan Mantab Maju Pilwali 2018". (in Indonesian). Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Kalahkan 2 Pesaingnya yang Ditahan KPK, Sutiaji Jadi Wali Kota Malang Terpilih". KOMPAS (in Indonesian). 26 July 2018. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  8. ^ "Sutiaji Duduki Kursi Plt Wali Kota Malang Hingga 13 September 2018". Surya Malang (in Indonesian). 23 June 2018. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  9. ^ "Sutiaji Resmi Jadi Plt Wali Kota Malang hingga September". Malang Post (in Indonesian). 23 June 2018. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  10. ^ Arifin, Zainul (1 September 2018). "Cari Selamat, Walikota Malang Sutiaji Ungkap Dana Kampanye di Depan Penyidik KPK". (in Indonesian). Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  11. ^ Hartik, Andi (24 September 2018). "Pidato Perdana Wali Kota Malang Terhenti karena "Sound System" Mati". KOMPAS (in Indonesian). Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  12. ^ Hariyadi, Mathias (21 December 2018). "Malang mayor bans 'annoying' Christmas-themed clothes and accessories". AsiaNews. Retrieved 5 March 2019.