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RIP Desmond J. Mahesa – The passing of our bold politician


Jakarta, IO – The world of politics and the Indonesian parliament is grieving. Desmond J. Mahesa, Deputy Chairman of the Gerindra Party’s Board of Trustees and Deputy Chair of Commission III of the Indonesian People’s Representative Council, passed away on Saturday, June 24th. 

On Saturday afternoon, the late Desmond was laid to rest at Al-Azhar Memorial Garden in Karawang, West Java. 

“He was complaining about his shortness of breath on Friday afternoon, then he was taken to Mayapada Hospital in Fatmawati, not far from his Ragunan residence,” said Habiburokhman, Deputy Chairman of the Gerindra Party. Desmond had improved, but to everyone’s surprise, he died before morning. 

Sufmi Dasco Ahmad, Chairperson of the Gerindra Party Daily, remembered Desmond as a tough yet caring person. “Although he appeared tough, he had a good heart. He was a tough fighter,” Dasco remarked. 

Desmond worked tirelessly as a party leader, both at the DPP and the DPD Banten levels. “The Gerindra Party mourns the loss of our best cadre, our best friend. May God accept his good works and grant him forgiveness,” said Sufmi.

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Other parties also expressed their condolences for Desmond’s passing. “He was a DPR member who stood firm and dared to criticize anyone: those in power, businessmen, and members of other political parties. Farewell, Mas Desmond. Your life journey teaches us a good lesson,” stated Mahfud MD, Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law, and Security, on his social media account. 

Jazilul Fawaid, Deputy Chairman of the National Awakening Party (PKB), stated that he had lost a true politician. “The Gerindra Party’s Deputy Chairperson was a man of integrity; not many politicians were as brave as he was,” Jazuli remarked. (rp)


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