President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is known to be a hands-on person, while as Jakarta Mayor and now as Indonesian President.
On his last day working visit to Papua on Wednesday, he decided to inspect the longest road in Papua – known as Trans Papua road about 4,300km long.
Instead of boarding a helicopter, which would have been easiest, safest and quickest way to see the project progress.
He took off his suit, put on rider safety jacket and ride a scrambler – off-road racing motorbike, to the astonishment of his entourage.
Jokowi was inspecting the development of the Wamena-Mamugu 1 section of the road by motorbike, while his officials were driving four-wheel drive.
“Imagine how difficult it was for the builders of the road,” he told reporters after the inspection.
Jokowi said the Indonesia Military (TNI) was cooperating with the Public Works and Public Housing Ministry to finish the project by 2019.