23 Facts About Ali Sadikin


Ali Sadikin was an Indonesian politician who served as the fourth governor of Jakarta from 1966 until 1977.


Ali Sadikin served as Chairman of the Football Association of Indonesia from 1977 until 1981.


On 28 April 1966, Ali Sadikin was appointed governor of Jakarta, becoming the first governor in Indonesia to be sworn-in at the Merdeka Palace.


Ali Sadikin constructed the Ismail Marzuki Park, Ragunan Zoo, Ancol Dreamland, and a number of other infrastructure projects.


Notably, Ali Sadikin allowed the construction of night entertainment projects, as well allowing entertainment in the form of gambling in Jakarta.


Ali Sadikin's governorship saw the revival of Betawi culture in Jakarta, with the increased popularity of Ondel-ondel performances and the Betawi mask dance.


Ali Sadikin was born in Sumedang, West Java, on 7 July 1926, to Sundanese parents.


Ali Sadikin was the fifth child of six children from Raden Sadikin and Itjih Karnasih.


Ali Sadikin's oldest brother, Hasan Sadikin, became a doctor whose name is immortalized in a hospital in Bandung; his second oldest brother owned a printing press; his third oldest brother Usman Sadikin, worked at Garuda Indonesia; his fourth oldest brother, Abu Sadikin, was a soldier in the Army; and his youngest brother is Said Sadikin.


Ali Sadikin was sent to Tegal, Central Java to form a Navy base and Marine Corps.


Ali Sadikin was directly inaugurated by President Sukarno as Governor of Jakarta on Thursday, 28 April 1966 at 10:00 at the Merdeka Palace.


In that decision, Ali Sadikin, who is a member of the staff of the Deputy Minister for Economics, Finance, and Development, was deemed capable and fulfilled the requirements to become the Governor of Jakarta.


Ali Sadikin sought to improve public services, clear out slum dwellers, ban, and outlaw street peddlers.


Ali Sadikin tried to halt migration into Jakarta by declaring the city closed to newcomers.


Ali Sadikin issued residency cards in hope of enforcing the policy, but failed to curtail population growth.


One of the earliest and most outspoken advocates of family planning, Ali Sadikin showed that Muslim groups would support these policies.


Hungry for revenue for his projects, Sadikin legalized gambling and steambaths, much to the outrage of many Muslim groups.


Ali Sadikin oversaw the moving of Ragunan zoo to its present location, which was officially reopened on June 22,1966, managed by the city administration.


Ali Sadikin's administration saw the development of Ancol Dreamland, a resort destination located along Jakarta's waterfront, in Ancol, Pademangan, Indonesia, on the site of what was previously a mosquito-infested swamps and fish ponds, and the source of century-old malaria outbreak in Jakarta.


Ali Sadikin's administration was responsible for the construction of the Senen Project.


In 1975, Ali Sadikin famously attended the wedding of Indonesia's first trans woman legally recognised as her true gender, Vivian Rubiyanti Iskandar.


Ali Sadikin died in Singapore on May 20,2008, and was buried in Tanah Kusir Cemetery, Jakarta the next day.


However, Nina died in 1986, and Ali Sadikin later remarried to a woman named Linda Syamsuddi Mangan.