At that time there was a different scene on a Garuda flight heading to Semarang. During the flight there was a special passenger. She sat in economy class. A minister who sits on the executive class moved to economy class because he felt shy. Who was that special passengers?.
Turns out she was Mrs. Iriana Jokowi. Mother of state of the Republic of Indonesia. Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's wife, the Indonesian seventh president. Mrs Iriana was carrying her bag herself. Did not seemed excessive to her escort. Her appearance was also simple.
Jokowi current administration seems to bring fresh air to Indonesia. Jokowi simplicity seems to rub off on his wife. Obviously, since Jokowi became president, his children and wife does not seem excessive to escort . Very different from the periods of previous presidents.
I hope that this simplicity will bring many changes in Indonesia. Here, the excessive behavior of official wife has become common knowledge. They feel should be privileged because of her husband position. Gradually, hopefully it will be eroded and Indonesia became more rational in treating officials, his wife and children.
photograph by Emile Seno Aji