Indonesia passes a regressive anti-democratic law – with more to come – just as BJ Habibie dies, the president who championed the dramatic reform process that transformed Indonesia after 1998.
He has inspired generations of Indonesians. Through his work, he changed many lives, including mine.
Indonesia's top engineer and former president, Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie or B.J. Habibie, who built the country's aircraft industry from scratch, died at 83 in Jakarta on Wednesday.