Gembong Warsono (8 June 1963 – 14 October 2023) Gembong Warsono, an influential figure in Indonesian politics, was renowned for his association with the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle. Serving in the Jakarta Regional House of Representatives for nearly a decade from 2014 until his passing in 2023, he played a pivotal role as the leader of his party’s faction in the legislature and was known for his critiques of governor Anies Baswedan.
Early Life and Background
Born in the serene Wonogiri Regency on 8 June 1963, Gembong pursued his academic interests in management at Muhammadiyah Hamka University [id]. His personal life was enriched by his marriage to Asih Purwanti, with whom he had four children.
From the turbulent times of the 27 July 1996 incident, Gembong showcased his allegiance to the Indonesian Democratic Party (PDI). However, after the party’s split, he aligned with the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P). Despite initial setbacks in his political career, with unsuccessful electoral attempts in 1999 and 2004, he was undeterred. Climbing the ranks, he became secretary of the PDI-P’s South Jakarta branch in 2000 and was elected to South Jakarta’s city council in 2003.
His unwavering spirit bore fruit in 2010 when he was appointed chairman of PDI-P’s South Jakarta branch. This was further complemented by his successful election to a legislator seat in 2014, a position he retained in the 2019 elections. As a testament to his leadership and influence, he became the leader of the PDI-P’s faction in the legislature by 2017.
Stance and Positions
Gembong Warsono was not one to shy away from expressing his views. During Anies Baswedan’s governorship, he emerged as a vocal critic, particularly targeting policies that involved firms owned by the provincial government. His critiques extended to Baswedan’s plan to permit street vendors on Jakarta’s sidewalks and the use of imported dumpsters from Germany. Nevertheless, he acknowledged Baswedan’s efforts in integrating Jakarta’s public transport systems. Furthermore, he expressed skepticism about Jakarta’s decision to host the Formula E motorsport championships.
A life dedicated to politics and the welfare of the people came to a sudden halt on 14 October 2023. Gembong Warsono passed away at the Pertamina Central Hospital in South Jakarta. At the age of 60, he left behind a legacy that would be remembered for years to come. His final resting place is the Tanah Kusir Cemetery [id]. Through his enduring efforts and contributions, Gembong has etched his name in the annals of Indonesian politics.