Jakarta – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has stated that he has been tracking the hunt for West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil’s eldest son, Emmeril Kahn Mumtadz, who recently went missing while swimming in the Aare River in Bern, Switzerland.
He also stated that he has directed officials to make every attempt to assist in the search.
“I watch (the search effort) on a daily basis, and we have also asked the Foreign Affairs Ministry and the Indonesian embassy to assist (in the operation) to the greatest extent feasible,” Jokowi said on Saturday at the Jakarta International e-Prix Circuit in North Jakarta.
He stated that one day after Mumtadz was officially proclaimed missing on May 26, he contacted Kamil to express his deep concern over his disappearance.
“(Mumtadz) has yet to be located, and I have offered my condolences to West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil and his family. I hope (he and his family) can maintain their strength in the face of this sorrow, ” The President gave a statement.
Mumtadz went missing on May 26 while swimming with his sister and a friend in the Aare River in Bern, Switzerland. Following news of his disappearance, local officials immediately started a search operation, with assistance from the Indonesian Embassy in Switzerland.
Despite the Home Affairs Ministry’s permission to stay in Switzerland until June 4, Kamil decided to return to his duties in West Java. Kamil’s brother traveled to Switzerland to represent the family in the quest.
According to a family representative, Kamil and his family have surrendered Mumtadz’s fate to God and have prepared for any scenario.
“According to the local authorities, they used a search operation strategy designed to find a dead corpse. As a result, Mr. Kamil and Mrs. Atalia (Kamil’s wife) have proclaimed their willingness to abandon (the search for) Mumtadz, believing he drowned, ” Kamil’s elder brother, Erwin Munurizaman, who is representing the family, stated on Friday (June 3).