No Regrets: Reflections of a Presidential Spokesman Mass Market Paperback – February 28, 2002
by Wimar Witoelar (Author)
“Gus Dur, you need some help. You are facing political sabotage and a hostile media. You need some kind of spokesman to explain and clarify your views so ordinary Indonesians can understand. You need someone like Wimar Witoelar.” “No,” Gus Dur replied, “I don t need someone like Wimar Witoelar. I need Wimar Witoelar.” With those words, well-known media personality Wimar Witoelar found himself in the line of fire for a tumultuous ten months as Gus Dur’s Chief Presidential Spokesman. Now, after the dust has settled, Wimar is able to say all the things he always wanted to but couldn’t. He pointedly answers his critics and tells the story of what really happened behind-the-scenes during the final months of Indonesia s first democratically-elected leader. Filled with fascinating insights and revelations, NO REGRETS is a candid and witty exposé on the inner workings of the cut-throat political life of post-Soeharto Indonesia. Be prepared to have your opinions and views of Gus Dur’s presidency-and also of contemporary Indonesian politics-dramatically altered by the person who saw it all: Indonesia’s one-of-a kind Wimar Witoelar.
“NO REGRETS portrays Indonesian politics in a manner rarely done before” — Singapore TODAY, March 15, 2002
“NO REGRETS fills a void in this country’s needs, but does so in an honest, readable and entertaining way” — The Jakarta Post, March 24, 2002
“NO REGRETS gives fascinating background to new readers on Indonesia” — South China Morning Post, March 23, 2002
About the Author
After brief government duty as Presidential Spokesman for President Abdurrahman Wahid of Indonesia, Wimar Witoelar is back in the private sector with his consulting firm InterMatrix (founded 1986) which now emphasizes public relations and communications and Indonesian Business, an English language business magazine which He co-founded in 1997. Activities in the ‘Perspektif’ line include a 200-station radio syndicated and 10-newspaper syndicated weekly interview, a popular weekly radio talk show on Jakarta’s M97 FM, a lighthearted column on public affairs perspectives in Indonesia’s leading news portal detik.com and staging of public events. Wimar also is a columnist in lifestyle magazine DJAKARTA!
Wimar and InterMatrix are back to hosting and producing talk shows on television and radio and providing columns and interviews for print media. He appears frequently on international television and radio(ABC, SBS, Nine Network, BBC, CNN, CNBC, NBC, European channels) as commentator. Hosted TV show on Australia’s Sunday Show (Nine Network) and written column for Newsweek. Frequently consulted by publications such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, The Washington Post, The Straits Times.
Mass Market Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Equinox Publishing; 1st edition (February 28, 2002)
Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.6 inches