Indonesia's First Family Blaze a Modest Trail in Southeast Asia

November 4, 2014 5:16 AM

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Indonesia's First Family Blaze a Modest Trail in Southeast Asia

Jakarta: With a wife who eschews designer outfits and a daughter happy to queue at public health clinics, Indonesian President Joko Widodo's family are setting a modest example in a region where leaders' relatives are better known for greed and corruption.

Southeast Asia's ruling families have not generally espoused austerity -- from the controversial children of late Indonesian dictator Suharto to the wife of Malaysia's premier, who is criticised as a spendthrift, and the excesses of Brunei's royals.

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