Silvia Halim Construction Director of PT MRT Jakarta

Indonesia now officially has the Moda Raya Transport (MRT) on Sunday (24/3) yesterday. This history was created by the nation’s thinkers from generation to generation to make Indonesia a modern country and the equivalent of developed countries in the world. Of the many names that contributed to the completion of this MRT project, there was one name that attracted the attention of the public because of its dedication to overseeing the MRT project which was full of obstacles during the execution of the MRT project, she was Silvia Halim PT MRT Jakarta Construction Director.

The name Silvia Halim suddenly became a national discussion after several hours President Joko Widodo inaugurated the MRT in the HI Roundabout area, Jakarta. Behind the success of the Jakarta MRT project, Silvia Halim is the only woman in the construction of new transportation modes in Jakarta. Thanks to her, the Jakarta MRT is now officially operating to serve public transportation.

When the Lebak Bulus Roundabout MRT project is underway, Silvia Halim directly monitors the work of the field project. She still looks beautiful with a project-style outfit, precisely wearing a white shirt and black pants, and a vest and helmet. This great woman immediately intervened in the field together with her team during the construction of the Jakarta MRT which ended in March 2019. She supervised the male workers directly. Seeing the figure of Silvia Halim is seeing clear evidence that a woman is able to work and develop in the engineering industry, which is often associated with male work.

Silvia Halim when giving instructions to her subordinate who were mostly male workers

Silvia is a graduate of civil engineering at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. After graduating, he immediately worked in Singapore building infrastructure there for 12 years. “I’m actually going to Jakarta because the traffic jam is asking for forgiveness,” she said. Dealing with the construction world seems to have become the vocation of life for women born in Jakarta, June 18, 1982, this. Based on information on the Jakarta MRT website, Silvia Halim is a graduate of Civil Engineering at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Usually, engineering majors are dominated by men.

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For Silvia, it is important for us to find our passion, goals, and dreams in life. “I remind myself again, why am I doing this, for what, and when I remember that this is for the community, not for me, that’s what keeps me going,” Silvia said. In addition, the focus became an important key for a Silvia in her career. It sounds simple indeed, but she learned this valuable lesson from her boss while working in Singapore. “From there I realized, how important it is to focus on work or whatever it is. Because when you lose focus, you will not achieve your goals, goals, ideals, “Silvia said.

But fate took her to another road. It is said that according to the story, she was visited by Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Governor of Jakarta to the 15th) and was asked to return to Indonesia and build the MRT for Jakarta. Hearing that this country’s government is now in the hands of a different leader, Silvia immediately receives and packs her belongings to return to Indonesia. Of course, she passed the interview process and other formal matters. Obviously, the salary is not as big as in Singapore. But that’s not what made her want to go home. “I have been serving Singapore for 12 years. Now is the time for me to help my own country,” Silvia said when asked why she went home and gave up a large salary in the country.

The Jakarta MRT which was officially opened by President Joko Widodo was only phase I (Lebak Bulus – Bundaran HI). This project will continue again with phase II, the route stretching from Bundaran HI to Kota area in the west of Jakarta. Silvia Halim was entrusted to be involved again in the design, development design consultation to coordinate with landowners for this phase II.

The Jakarta MRT public transportation finally officially operates after a long-awaited society. When the Indonesian President Joko Widodo was inaugurated, along with the ministers and the Governor of DKI Jakarta Anies Baswedan, Silvia Halim attended.


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