IO – Gatot S. Dewa Broto, born in Yogyakarta, 31 October 1961. This year’s Halloween Day marked his 60th year on Earth – as well as his entry into retirement. “I am saying my farewells now, as Alhamdulillah, praised be
Allah, as of tomorrow morning I am retired as a State Civil Apparatus, and I will no longer be the Ministry of Youth and Sports Secretary,” he said to the press.
However, he has indicated he will remain in the environs of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, as an expert staff member supporting Minister Zainuddin Amali. “He cannot be the acting Ministry of Youth and Sports Secretary, because Ministry Secretary posts must be held by an active State Civil Apparatus,” Minister Zainuddin said.
“I promised the Minister that I will continue to help him out. I still have some loose ends, including issues with the World Anti-Doping Agency, the House of Representatives’ Task Forces for the Revision of the National Sports System Law, the World Cup, FIFA U-20, and others,” Gatot said.
Gatot’s name first became known when he was named the PR Officer
for the Ministry of Transportation’s Directorate General of Post and Telecommunication in 2002. “That was when Mr. Agum Gumelar was the
Minister of Transport. I had my first great argument with Mr. Roy Suryo thanks to the rise in telecommunication fees at the time,” he reminisced.
He was subsequently transferred to the Ministry of Communications and Informatics, becoming the Spokesman/Chairman of the Ministry’s Information and PR Center in 2014. Funnily enough, he was transferred to the Ministry of Youth and Sports when Roy Suryo was appointed as its Minister! Gatot was entrusted as Deputy Minister V and Spokesman for the Ministry. He continued to climb the ranks by becoming Deputy IV in Improvement of Sports Achievement, fnally becoming Ministry of Youth and Sports Secretary when Imam Nahrawi was the Minister, serving until his retirement.
Gatot is known for his seriousness and total commitment at work. He frequently stayed in the office – and he usually took his wife with him. In
that way, he feels that he can keep his concentration whole: he can continue to focus taking care of his duties at work without having to worry that his wife is home alone. He started this habit when he was named Spokesman in the Ministry of Youth and Sports, and kept it up to his Ministry Secretary days. “I choose to stay in the offce to ensure the effectiveness of my work. As I don’t waste my time on the road, I can be ready whenever the Minister needs me.”
Happy birthday and happy retirement, Mr. Gatot! Or perhaps not really, as you will continue to serve in the Ministry of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Indonesia anyway. (rp)