Syamsul Arifin (22 September 1952 – 17 October 2023) was an Indonesian politician. A member of Golkar, he served as Governor of North Sumatra from 2008 to 2011.[1]

Syamsul Arifin
Arifin in 2008
Governor of North Sumatra
In office
16 June 2008 – 21 March 2011
Preceded byRudolf Pardede
Succeeded byGatot Pujo Nugroho
Personal details
Born(1952-09-22)22 September 1952
Medan, Indonesia
Died17 October 2023(2023-10-17) (aged 71)
Jakarta, Indonesia
Political partyGolkar
EducationIslamic University of North Sumatra [id]

In the movie The Act of Killing we can see his friendship with the executioner Anwar Congo as well as Arifin praising the use of "preman", i.e gangsters, to rule Indonesia.

Arifin died in Jakarta on 17 October 2023, at the age of 71.[2]


  1. ^ "Gantikan Syamsul Arifin, Pj Gubernur Sumut Langsung Gelar Evaluasi". (in Indonesian). 25 March 2011. Retrieved 17 October 2023.
  2. ^ Aldi, Nizar (17 October 2023). "Mantan Gubernur Sumut Syamsul Arifin Meninggal Dunia". (in Indonesian). Retrieved 17 October 2023.