habibie, Mr. Crack, and ‘Blowing Islam’

“It’s hard to say for sure, is it true that Leon Edel wrote Writing Lives that some authors wrote about someone because he was amazed and ‘in love’ with his subject, but I can not help asserting that the person I am writing here is the one who has I have known many years and I work closely with each other every day, so it is also difficult to sort out the elements of subjectivity between the desires of objectivity. ”

– Andi Makmur Makka, in Mr. Crack From Parepare, From Scientist to Statesman to Minandito

Since 1978, Andi Makmur Makka, commonly called Makka, started following Bacharuddin Jusuf (BJ) Habibie. At that time, he became Habibie’s employee at the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT). Habibie also served as minister of research and technology (menristek) at that time.

During Habibie’s follow-up, Makka felt that what was spoken, corrected, and served by husband from Hasri Ainun Besari was very inspiring. He still remembers how his impression on Habibie used to be.

“In 1978-1979, when he was a technologist, he talked about technology, and no one was talking about technology at the time, I was intrigued,” Makka said in a book launch. Crack From Parepare, From Scientist to Statesman to Minandito at Habibie Library and Ainun, Kuningan, South Jakarta, Tuesday (13/2).

Therefore, he wanted to collect all what Habibie said. In collecting the words of the 3rd President of the Republic of Indonesia, Makka conducted the selection. Makka only collects words or statements that have ideas.

“Origin is not a written speech, it’s very inspirational,” he explained. In his speech Makka said, Habibie when talking never use text. Habibie spoke directly and the way he spoke spoke.


Author A Makmur Makka holds a book in the book launch of Mr. Crack from Pare-Pare at Habibie and Ainun’s library, Jakarta, Tuesday (13/2).

Starting from the desire, there are many works Makka associated with Habibie. As the sole author of a book on Habibie, the former editor-in-chief of Republika Daily has written 16 titles.

Before Mr. Crack From Parepare, From Scientist to Countryman to Mandit /, the book written entitled Habibie, Totalitas Sang Teknosof. His work was published two years ago.

Meanwhile, the first work as the sole author of the husband of Hasri Ainun Besari was titled BJH (Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie) His Life and Career. The 326-page book came out in a year in which Diego Maradona scored the “hand of God”, the 1986 Mexico World Cup.

Not only a sole author, Makka also plays a role in other matters related to the publication of books about Habibie. He was involved in 30 books on Habibie as a book publishing initiator, editor, or editorial team. This figure is included in this latest book.

With 46 books on Habibie which Makka is involved in, Makka was awarded a certificate by the World Record Museum of Indonesia (MURI). The certificate reads “Most Writers of the Book Concerning Prof Dr Ing BJ Habibie and his Work”.

“This record is not only a record in Indonesia, but also a world record,” said Osman Semesta Susilo as a representative of MURI when giving the certificate to Makka.

In this new work, there is a separate story why Makka chose the word “Mr. Crack” in the title. Makka is requested by the publisher to find what Habibie’s distinctive identity is. Scientists, they say, are too general. Makka must look for something other than others.


The author of A Makmur Makka (left) receives the world solving charter from MURI Director Osman Semesta Susilo at the book launch of Mr. Crack from Pare-Pare at Habibie and Ainun’s library, Jakarta, Tuesday (13/2).
Incidentally, Makka explains, Habibie’s colleagues in Germany have a special call for him. There, Habibie was called “Mr. Crack”. The origin of the nickname comes from Habibie’s toxicity to solve something that can not be solved by others in aviation technology.

“That is, how slow the crack will be when the ship is shaking, that’s what it’s done, that’s what Boeing uses, it’s Airbus, especially Airbus because he works in Germany,” Makka said.

In general, this book is a biography of a Habibie. Beginning with his family’s origins to his football skills while studying, becoming a minister, becoming president, until the aftermath.

“He finished the period of 2000, 1999 was stopped (so president), he continued in 2000 it founded Habibie Center, where the period that I call here has begun to become a begawan,” he explained.

In this period, Makka said, Habibie had begun to withdraw from all of his political activities. However, society does not seem to consider it a break. At his home, Habibie has always been visited by guests since 2000.

“That’s what I call here has been the period of begawan.Already through the process of a scientist, so statesman, then became president, then last he returned that I call the minandito, back to the community,” said Makka.

Not only get there, this book also tells how Habibie started close to millenial generation. How did the children start calling him “grandchildren” and how when he was filmed in this book, a book that completes the biography he once published in 2008.

“There are so many changes and I write in this book that there are 25 new chapters, then there are inserts in the chapters that were previously added,” he explained.

On that occasion, researchers from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) Fachry Ali had the opportunity to give speeches. In his oration, when reading the chapter “N-250 Disappeared, R-80 Spelled” Fachry claimed to be reminded of the launch of N-250 aircraft, Habibie’s design aircraft, on August 10, 1995. Activities that were aware of Habibie’s existence.

“While shedding tears, to my junior friend, Prof. Bahtiar Effendy, I said, ‘I see that flying floats in the air is not a plane, but Islam’,” Fachry said.

In short, Fachry explained what was meant by “flying Islam” which he said to Bahtiar Effendy. In 1995, the Association of Indonesian Muslim Intellectuals (ICMI) was only half a decade old. Its emergence in 1990 has divided the “political power” of Islamic nationalism and secular nationalism.

“Although I do not like this phrase, this dichotomous classification can give us a handle to see what it means to successfully launch the N-250 aircraft in the context of ‘cultural politics’ at the time,” he said.

Although only “non-political accommodation”, Fachry said, the emergence of the political power of the Nationalist Islam of the early 1990s has led to the reaction of secular nationalists. That’s what caused the national political divide.

According to Fachry, in the political split, Habibie appeared to give “content” to the rise of Islamic nationalist groups with science and technology. He revealed, it is certainly very different from the picture of the group “Islam” of the past. Past Islam is characterized by backwardness in the socio-economic field, especially in the field of science and technology.

“It is in this context that I appreciate the flight of the N-250 on August 10, 1995 is not just a flying object, but ‘Islam’,” Fachry said at the end of his oration. (Processor: muhammad iqbal).




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