Nat­u­ral Born Leader

In­done­sia needs in­tel­li­gent young lead­ers who pos­sess true in­tegrity. Drs. H. Musa Ra­jek­shah, the elected Deputy Gov­er­nor of North Su­mat­era for the 2018-2023 pe­riod, is one such fig­ure. Novranto Hun­tua writes

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In the midst of the long­ing of In­done­sian peo­ple for true and hon­est lead­ers, we rarely find in­tel­li­gent young fig­ures who con­sis­tently ded­i­cate their lives to the en­vi­ron­ment, na­tion, and peo­ple. But one of those in­spir­ing fig­ures has emerged in the form of Drs. H. Musa Ra­jek­shah, M.hum., who is cur­rently Deputy Gov­er­nor of North Su­mat­era for the 2018 to 2023 pe­riod. Not only pri­ori­tis­ing the prob­lems at hand, he is also full of bright ideas.

“I am de­ter­mined to trans­form North Su­mat­era into an ad­vanced, safe, pros­per­ous, and dig­ni­fied re­gion,” says Musa, fa­mil­iarly known as Ijeck, about his vi­sion to lead North Su­ma­tra along­side its Gov­er­nor, for­mer TNI Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Edy Rah­mayadi. There­fore, a sense of unity and sup­port from all el­e­ments of so­ci­ety is needed to help re­alise the progress of de­vel­op­ment for the re­gion.

Fur­ther­more, Ijeck, who was born in Medan on April 1, 1974, ex­plains that there are five work pro­grammes that are his main fo­cus points. First, boost­ing the econ­omy, not only in ur­ban ar­eas, but also at the ru­ral level by im­prov­ing the agri­cul­tural and fish­eries in­dus­tries; sec­ond, im­prov­ing in­fra­struc­ture in the form of roads and pub­lic fa­cil­i­ties; third, im­prov­ing ed­u­ca­tion in or­der to pre­pare smart hu­man re­sources who can de­velop the re­gion; fourth, im­prov­ing health fa­cil­i­ties and ser­vices; and fi­nally in­creas­ing em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“To achieve all that, we in­vite do­mes­tic and for­eign in­vestors to in­vest in North Su­mat­era. Of course, we will re­view the reg­u­la­tions and li­cens­ing ser­vices that might ham­per the process in or­der to pro­vide con­ve­nience, com­fort, and trans­parency for in­vestors,” Ijeck ex­plains.

On the other hand, as a per­son who is fond of and ex­pe­ri­enced in sports, es­pe­cially mo­tor­sports, Ijeck is also de­ter­mined to in­clude sports fa­cil­i­ties in tourist ar­eas as part of his fu­ture work pro­gramme. He adds that this can be a driv­ing force for re­gional pro­mo­tion and im­prove­ments in the lo­cal econ­omy. Fur­ther­more, var­i­ous sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, es­pe­cially at the in­ter­na­tional level, are rou­tinely held as an ef­fec­tive means of pro­mo­tion, at­tract­ing tourists and driv­ing the econ­omy in the wider com­mu­nity.

Ijeck gives one ex­am­ple of an up­com­ing event, Su­mat­era Bike Week (SBW), which is go­ing to be held in early De­cem­ber 2018. The in­ter­na­tional event, which is on the per­ma­nent agenda of the North Su­mat­era Har­ley David­son Club In­done­sia, will be held in the Lake Toba re­gion and joined by hun­dreds of par­tic­i­pants or bikers—not only from within the coun­try, but also from abroad. Through this event, Ijeck not only wants to pro­mote the beauty of na­ture and tourist destinations in the re­gion, but also to drive the econ­omy of the com­mu­nity, such as in­creas­ing the oc­cu­pancy of ho­tels, vis­i­tors to restau­rants, and cus­tomers of the culi­nary and hand­i­craft in­dus­tries.

Born to the fam­ily of a prom­i­nent busi­ness­man in Medan, Ijeck is very close to his fa­ther, Haji Anif Shah, who is widely known among the peo­ple in North Su­mat­era. Haji Anif is es­pe­cially known be­cause of

his gen­eros­ity and suc­cess­ful ca­reer as an en­tre­pre­neur. More­over, Haji Anif and his fam­ily are ac­tively in­volved in many so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties in the area.

For Ijeck, the eighth child of nine sib­lings, his fa­ther is an ex­em­plary fig­ure who even­tu­ally be­came his idol. He is a smart en­tre­pre­neur who has a broad net­work and at the same time he is also re­li­gious and pos­sesses a strong so­cial spirit. Ac­cord­ing to Ijeck, his fa­ther has do­nated a lot to char­ity as grat­i­tude for be­ing given the mercy of sus­te­nance by God.

“My par­ents used to live in dif­fi­cult con­di­tions—there was a time when we did not even have rice,” Ijek re­calls. “The re­main­ing rice was made into por­ridge so that it could be shared with all the nine chil­dren. That hard­ship taught me to al­ways be pas­sion­ate about work­ing and car­ing for oth­ers,” says the graduate who holds a Mas­ter of Laws de­gree from the Univer­sity of North Su­mat­era.

His fa­ther’s at­ten­tion and en­cour­age­ment was so great that Ijeck al­ways ap­peared con­fi­dent. The main ad­vice im­parted by his fa­ther is never to avoid chal­lenges. One must al­ways be de­ter­mined to deal with what­ever life may bring. Ijeck’s prin­ci­ple is that great re­sults are gen­er­ated from the best ac­tions car­ried out with full com­mit­ment, dis­ci­pline, and con­sis­tency. “In ev­ery field, if we per­se­vere dili­gently and fo­cus in achiev­ing our goals, we will surely be able to achieve suc­cess,” says Ijeck, who him­self is a fa­ther of four.

Ijeck has achieved a number of suc­cesses, but it hasn’t al­ways been easy. His life has been full of strug­gles, sweat, and tears. From Ijeck’s per­spec­tive, only peo­ple who have strong char­ac­ters will suc­ceed in be­com­ing win­ners in life. For this rea­son, to the younger gen­er­a­tion, Ijeck ad­vises the de­vel­op­ment of char­ac­ter­is­tics that in­clude love, al­ways giv­ing thanks to God, and devo­tion to one’s par­ents. Grow an un­yield­ing at­ti­tude, and de­velop in­de­pen­dence and re­spon­si­bil­ity, he says. Main­tain hon­esty, trust and hu­mil­ity, as well as re­spect and love, and al­ways be gen­er­ous to your friends, he con­cludes.

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