SPEAKER of the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) and also Vice Chairman of the Golkar Party, Bambang Soesatyo, launched the book ’60 Years Navigating the Waves Amidst the Rocks’ on September 10, 2022, coinciding with his birthday. ’60 Years Navigating the Waves Amidst the Rocks’ is the title of the book that marks Bamsoet’s 60-year journey of life, as a politician and entrepreneur. In addition to Bamsoet’s own writings, this book contains notes and testimonies from his friends.
The book ’60 Years Navigating the Waves Amidst the Rocks’ provides an insight into the character of Bamsoet, who is focused and consistent in what he wants to achieve. After four failed attempts in legislative elections (pileg), it was only in the 2009 pileg that Bamsoet was elected as a member of the House of Representatives (DPR). He became a member of the DPR’s Commission III, then took on the role of Chairman of Commission III. His political career continued with his tenure as the Speaker of the DPR for the 2018-2019 period, and as the Speaker of the MPR for the 2019-2022 period.
In addition to revealing notes about Bamsoet’s struggle and hard work to become a legislator, this book also includes some biographical notes, the role and guidance of parents, his career as a journalist, and the ups and downs in business. Bamsoet also continues to expand his social circle by reaching out to the millennial generation through various organizations and activities.
Furthermore, the book illustrates Bamsoet’s determination to reflect on his role and function as a legislator, which involves being sensitive to and caring about the issues affecting society.
Bamsoet’s dedication and concern for the community are not only expressed through press statements and opinion writings, but also through concrete actions and deeds, both in Jakarta and in the regions, including his electoral district. (mpr.go.id, “Navigating the Waves Amidst the Rocks, Book on Bamsoet’s 60 Years Launched on September 10, 2022”, Thursday, September 8, 2022)