RIP Ciputra

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(Photo: Prive. Doc)

IO – Well-known Indonesian property entrepreneur Dr. (h.c.) Ir. Ciputra passed away on 01:05 local time, Wednesday, November 27 in Singapore. Ciputra was the Chairman and Founder of Ciputra Group, and died at the age of 88.

Ciputra was an Indonesian real estate developer and his company is one of the largest property companies in the country, with projects spread across 33 cities in Indonesia.

The news of Ciputra’s passing was delivered by PT Pembangunan Jaya Ancol Tbk Corporate Communication Officer Rika Lestari through a short message to the media: 

“Mr. Ir. Ciputra, Chairman and Founder of Ciputra Group, has passed away peacefully in Singapore on November 27, 2019, 01:05 Singapore time. We, the Ciputra Group extended family express our deepest condolences and pray that his family is given the fortitude and strength to face this grief.”

Ciputra was known as an art lover. He established the Ciputra Artpreneur Museum to display his art collection in 2014 in Jakarta.

Not only in art, Ciputra also supported the sports world, especially in badminton. He founded the club Jaya Raya, which gave birth to a number of Indonesian badminton stars such as Susy Susanti, Hendra Setiawan and Marcus Fernaldi Gideon. Jaya Raya was established in 1975, initiated by Jakarta Governor Ali Sadikin. Ciputra took part in management and helped supervise the club.

Early on, Jaya Raya helped advise the football and athletics branches of Jayakarta. Ciputra then decided to concentrate his focus on badminton. 

Jaya Raya Badminton Association (PB) continues its support until this day and has a magnificent building in Bintaro Jaya, South Tangerang. “Goodbye, Uncle Ciputra, hopefully you will be at peace in heaven. Thank you for your guidance and attention to me, the Jaya Raya club, and Indonesian badminton,” wrote Susy Susanti on her Instagram account, accompanied by a photo with Ciputra. 

“Thank you, Mr. Ciputra,” wrote Hendra Setiawan.

Ciputra, through PT Pembangunan Jaya, also changed Ancol from a swamp to what is today one of Jakarta’s icons. 

Goodbye Mr. Ci! (rp)