Jakarta (ANTARA) - National entrepreneur Erick Thohir affirmed that Indonesia's third president BJ Habibie is an inspiration for the country's future generation in the world of technology.

"I hope Indonesia's young generation would continue to draw inspiration from Habibie's great achievements in the world of technology, science, and others," Thohir remarked in Jakarta, Thursday.

The Indonesian nation would lag behind if the country did not keep up in the race of science and technology, Thohir emphasized.

To this end, Indonesia's young generation is expected to maintain and carry forward Habibie's notable contribution in the field of technology.

"I can say that BJ Habibie is a father of technology in Indonesia. Today, technology becomes a key to the development of a nation in the presence of Artificial Intelligence (AI), robotics, and others," he stated.

Erick also reminisced about Habibie being a figure instrumental in opening freedom of the press.

Thohir opined that Habibie's figure can also become a role model for those taking responsibility as leaders.

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"What he has demonstrated so far is how a leader must be clean. A leader must also love the family, and that is a role model for us," Thohir remarked.

The former president breathed his last at 6:05 p.m. local time on Wednesday at the age of 83 at the Gatot Subroto Army Hospital (RSPAD) where he was undergoing treatment since September 1 by the finest team of medical doctors, including those from the Presidential Doctor Team.

The news was conveyed by Habibie's son, Thareq Kemal Habibie. Related news: Pramono Anung highlights five indelible aspects of BJ Habibie

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Translator: Arindra / Azis Kurmala
Editor: Fardah Assegaf
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