The founder of Sri Rejeki Isman Textile Group and one of the richest men in Indonesia, H.M. Lukminto, died on Wednesday night, according to family sources in Singapore. He was 67 years old.
Lukminto had been receiving medical treatment in Mount Elizabeth Hospital, Singapore, since Jan. 31.
According to Sumartono Hadinoto, a Surakarta People’s Association (PMS) spokesman, “Lukminto had planned to go to Singapore for a check-up without any signs of a serious health issue, but his condition drastically declined. I was shocked to hear he passed away last night.”
Lukminto’s son, Iwan Lukminto, said his father had suffered a heart attack. The Solo businessman leaves behind a wife, three daughters and two sons. His body was transported to Solo on Thursday.
The beloved textile king will be laid to rest next week at the Delingan cemetery in Karanganyar, Central Java.
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will visit Solo to pay his last respects.
In addition to his successful business in textiles, Lukminto was also known for his philanthropy, having made multiple contributions to Solo’s social development. He helped in the construction of a sports arena, founded a basketball team, and was responsible for the renovation of the Wayang Orang theater.
“He was exemplary man in business and society,” Sumartono said.
As founder of the largest integrated textile company in Southeast Asia, Lukminto was one of the richest businessmen in Indonesia. The Sri Rejeki Isman Textil (Sritex) Group is most famous for producing military uniforms exported to more than 70 countries. The textile giant currently employs more than 40,000 workers, making it one of the largest employers in Indonesia’s private sector.