I got to publish this in my blog for one reason. Ponti is one of my few real buddies whom you can talk serious things from career, life, politics, IT and investment to many nonsenses or even superstitious things.
Pontianus Sugiharto acting as parade commander during a flag raising ceremony commemorating Indonesian Independence day recently on the rig ship where he is now working on the sea of Natuna.
Ponti is a trained seaman graduated from maritime college in Semarang. He always boasted about this college and his seafaring days so much that I always wonder whether it's true or just his fantasy.
I shared the same unit with him in the company staffhousing since I joined PT Bintan Resort Cakrawala in September 1995. He was the Assistant Manager of Bandar Bentan Telani Ferry Terminal when the beginning of it's operation. He was promoted to the Ferry Terminal Manager in 1998 until left the company in 2000.
If today you find this Ferry Terminal as one of very few ferry terminal in Indonesia operated with international standard, Ponti has to be put in the record as the co-champion together with Rusli Mahmood who set up the system of it's operation. Rusli Mahmood, a Singaporean, is the Ferry Terminal Manager since the beginning until today. I found Rusli and Ponti as the ideal combination of a manager and the assistant who managed to set up the foundation for the Ferry Terminal current operational system which require it's compliance with Indonesian port regulations as well as international standard operation of a resort ferry terminal.
But this achievement did not come overnight. Rusli and Ponti were oftenly arguing each other over how to set up the system to meet Indonesian regulations requirement and being international class resort ferry terminal. The two oftenly disclosed their displeasure about each other to me which mostly due to difference in cultural background. But one thing that both Ponti and Rusli have in common is that the two ended married their neighbour country woman. Rusli, a Singaporean, married Indonesian woman, while Pontianus married Singaporean woman. And both now live in their wife's country. But I'm not sure if they realized this....
Ponti was born in Termanggung central Java to a seaman father. But unlike most javanese, Ponti is an outspoken person. And although he seemed to be rude in spoken sometimes, but in deep Ponti is a considerate person. While his appearance may look untidy, Ponti is a professional seaman who posses the required qualities to be an effective manager for a land post and his knowledge about national and international rules and regulations concerning his job is comprehensive.
Besides that, unlike many seaman, I also found Ponti a computer savvy. One thing I would certanly remembered, among ather things, Ponti was the one who helped create my Yahoo email account for the first time sometime in 1998.
Ponti at Bandar Bentan Telani Ferry Terminal
After courting Faridah Masran, a Singaporean colleague who work for Bintan Resort Cakrawala sister company in Singapore for a couple of months, they get married in Singapore in October 1996. Now they live in Singapore with three children: Nunki Pontianus, Orion Pontianus and Andromeda Pontianus. Since last year Ponti work for a foreign oil and gas drilling company operating in Natuna sea Indonesia.
Nunki, Ponti, Orion, Faridah and Andromeda when school holiday in Kuala Lumpur recently.
Colleagues attending their wedding in Yishun Singapore in October 1996 are (standing from left): Oon Lye Kim, Noviyanti, myself, Vincent Chua, Bertram Wong, Mrs. Wong, Mrs. Oon, Mrs. Yeo, Yeo Nai Meng, Mrs. Giles Miranda, Fred Tan and Giles Miranda. Beside Ponti is Bambang Suhartono.