Published: 08 Feb 2021

BMAS Anaconda Bangkara

Lecturer in Management, President University



Tuesday, May 31, 1988 in the Cideng area, Jakarta. It was dusk when the accident happened to Anaconda Bangkara. At that time he had just picked up his friend. They agreed to go to their friend's aunt's place to watch the Thomas Cup live broadcast on television.

The accident happened. The Bajaj they were riding in was hit by a bus. Anaconda was badly injured. When he was brought to the Husada Hospital, the closest hospital to the crash site, he seemed to be in between life and death. A number of his bones were broken, cracked and even crushed. Fluid drained from the cavity of the brain, the skull shifted, and the focus of the eye was no longer the same. The direction of view of the left and right eye varies. Ienjo, as he is usually called, said, “At that time I felt numb from the waist down. So even when my feet were sewn without anesthetics I didn't feel anything."

Anaconda Bangkara.  Source: Dok. President University.
Anaconda Bangkara.
Source: Doc. President University.


According to the doctor, at that time there were only three possibilities for Ienjo. First, if the bleeding doesn't stop, or the blood comes out of his nose, he will no longer have any hope of life. Second, he will be in a prolonged coma. Third — and this is the best option — even if he recovered, he would be mentally disabled.

A choice that made him wonder, "Why would I live in these conditions?"

One of the doctors who handled it at that time, dr. Gunawan, a neurologist, encouraged him in a different way. He invited Ienjo to talk about sports. He said, “You like football? Who are you holding the European Cup this year? "

Ienjo gasped. However, weakly he also replied, "Holland." "Ah no way," the doctor denied.

Dr. Gunawan made Ienjo's anxiety less about his condition. Ienjo recalled, "From the way he communicated, I thought he was a great doctor." The importance of communication is a topic that Ienjo then raised in his doctoral dissertation at the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB).

While treating Ienjo, dr. Gunawan advised him. "We pray and keep fighting. God will surely love the way. Now the important thing is that all medicines from the doctor must be taken. All food from the hospital must be eaten, ”said Gunawan.

When Ienjo was still in a critical state, the doctor kept reminding him, "Now the important thing is you don't sleep and don't vomit. Also, don't think. " At that time Ienjo interrupted weakly, “Doc, how can I not think? I still have to think." Ienjo was 25 years old at the time, and was completing his undergraduate program majoring in Planology, ITB.

The doctor smiled, "Now if you still want to think, that means you can still be healthy. Now let's fight." The doctor's words had encouraged Ienjo to survive. This is something important because besides physical problems, Ienjo's biggest problem after the accident is psychological. "In an instant I felt helpless and full of limitations," he said honestly. Besides that, after three months in the hospital, Ienjo had to undergo a long recovery process.

During that time, for example, he could only eat three types of liquids: liquid from rice or starch water, from carrots, or water from green beans. Then, every day he has to eat 17 types of drugs, three times a day, plus injections at a dose of four times per day. As a physical therapy, every morning he also has to dry his back and soak his feet in running water.

Everything he had to live for almost four years!


Honest is Black or White, not Gray

Ienjo was born and raised in Bandung as an only child. His siblings died as a child. His father is a civil servant who works in Jakarta. This condition made Ienjo often commute from Bandung to Jakarta, especially when his father's health condition worsened. Within a week, Ienjo can be in Jakarta for three days. This is also what makes his school in high school difficult.

His interactions with his father and his social life have made Ienjo gain a lot of life experiences. For example, he learned from experience when he was a Boy Scout.

Once while attending a camp in the Cikole area, Lembang, Ienjo got the task of cooking rice. At that time he was a child. The results are certainly imaginable. Yes, the rice is charred. Crusty.

At first Ienjo was worried that all of his friends might be disappointed. In fact, not. They deliciously eat crusty rice. From there he learned about the importance of contributing to group life. Experiences that he did not find at home.

Ienjo also likes to exercise, of course when he is still healthy. Many branches he joined. Badminton, tennis, football and many others. “Through sports I have learned a lot about the importance of honesty when competing, sportsmanship and cooperation. What good is winning the match if it is done through dishonorable means, "he said firmly.


Anaconda Bangkara (standing in front) as a speaker in the discussion session panel at the International Conference for Family Business & Entrepreneurship Seminar 2017 in Bali, early May.


His activities in organization made Ienjo's eyes open that his life was only meaningful if his presence was of benefit to others. Not the other way around.

Ienjo's father was straight. From him Ienjo learned a lot that honesty is black or white. Not gray. His father also taught Ienjo not to bring haram property to the house. "Because no wife and children are willing to be supported by haram property," he said.

His father also taught Ienjo not to make comparisons. Why? "Maybe what we compare is only a small part of what we know," he said. As a result, the comparison is unfair. In fact, said Ienjo, "The person who knows is the one who knows what he doesn't know. Not someone who knows everything."


Paying "Debt"

With this attitude, Ienjo experienced many problems in several previous workplaces. "The main problem is the courage to be honest," Ienjo concluded. Finally, after searching for a long time, in September 2005 Ienjo joined President University.

Early in his career at President University, Ienjo was heavily involved in building the executive class, which is an evening class program aimed at corporate executives. In addition, he also initiated the establishment of an employee cooperative.

While teaching, Ienjo also continued his studies at ITB until he earned a doctorate. He completed his doctoral program at his alma mater with the topic of the dissertation Communication Model in Cross-Cultural Knowledge Share Derived from Indigenous Psychology in Indonesia Multinational Company. For this dissertation, Ienjo conducted research in a number of multinational companies in the Jababeka industrial area, Bekasi, West Java.

Why choose that topic? He said, apart from being impressed by the neurologist's way of communicating, he also felt that local culture was being abandoned by today's young people. “They feel more modern if they can dance Gangnam Style instead of Jaipong. They prefer to hang out at Starbuck rather than tegal stalls, ”he explained. So, he continued, the topic of my dissertation was not solely about communication, but about local culture.

Ienjo felt that his studies at ITB were paid for by many people. Among other things in the form of a scholarship he received. Now he wants to pay back this debt. How? "I want to defend their interests," he said. At President University, he did this by wanting to make this campus an educational institution that prioritizes character building. Agree! Now, apart from being busy teaching and guiding students, Ienjo is also assigned to lead the Civil Engineering Study Program, the Engineering Faculty, and the New Study Program Development Bureau. (JB Susetiyo, PR team)





BMAS Anaconda Bangkara

Dosen Manajemen, President University



Selasa, 31 Mei 1988 di kawasan Cideng, Jakarta. Hari menjelang magrib ketika kecelakaan itu menimpa Anaconda Bangkara. Saat itu ia baru saja menjemput temannya. Keduanya sepakat pergi ke tempat tante sang teman tadi untuk sama-sama menyaksikan siaran langsung ajang pertandingan Piala Thomas via televisi.

Kecelakaan itu terjadi. Bajaj yang mereka tumpangi ditabrak bus. Anaconda luka sangat parah. Ketika dibawa ke RS Husada, rumah sakit terdekat dari lokasi kecelakaan, ia seakan berada di antara hidup dan mati. Sejumlah tulangnya patah, retak dan bahkan hancur. Cairan mengalir dari dalam rongga otaknya, tulang tengkorak bergeser, dan fokus pandangan mata tidak sama lagi. Arah pandangan mata kiri dan kanan berbeda-beda. Ienjo, begitu ia biasa disapa, bertutur, “Saat itu saya mati rasa dari pinggang ke bawah. Jadi ketika kaki saya dijahit tanpa dibius pun saya tak merasakan apa-apa.”


Anaconda Bangkara.  Source: Dok. President University.
Anaconda Bangkara.
Sumber: Dok. President University.


Menurut dokter, ketika itu hanya ada tiga kemungkinan bagi Ienjo. Pertama, kalau pendarahannya tak kunjung berhenti, atau darah sampai keluar dari hidungnya, ia tidak punya harapan lagi untuk hidup. Kedua, ia bakal mengalami koma berkepanjangan. Ketiga—dan ini pilihan paling baik—kalau pun sembuh, ia bakal cacat mental.

Pilihan yang membuatnya bertanya-tanya, “Untuk apa saya hidup kalau kondisinya seperti itu?”

Salah satu dokter yang menanganinya ketika itu, dr. Gunawan, seorang dokter saraf, menyemangatinya dengan cara yang berbeda. Ia mengajak Ienjo bicara soal olahraga. Katanya, “Kau suka sepakbola? Piala Eropa tahun ini kau pegang siapa?” Ienjo terhenyak. Namun, dengan lemah ia menjawab juga, “Belanda.” “Ah nggak mungkin,” sang dokter membantah.

Pertanyaan dr. Gunawan membuat rasa cemas Ienjo akan kondisinya sedikit berkurang. Ienjo mengenang, “Dari caranya berkomunikasi, saya menilai dia dokter yang hebat.” Pentingnya komunikasi, itulah topik yang kemudian diangkat Ienjo dalam disertasi doktoralnya di Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB).

Selama merawat Ienjo, dr. Gunawan menasehatinya. “Kita berdoa dan terus berjuang. Tuhan pasti akan kasih jalan. Sekarang yang penting adalah semua obat dari dokter harus diminum. Semua makanan dari rumah sakit harus dimakan,” kata Gunawan.

Ketika Ienjo masih dalam masa kritis, dokter tak henti mengingatkan, “Sekarang yang penting kau jangan tidur dan jangan muntah. Juga, jangan mikir.” Ketika itu Ienjo menyela lemah, “Dok, bagaimana caranya saya agar tidak mikir? Saya ‘kan tetap harus berpikir.” Ienjo ketika itu berusia 25 tahun, dan tengah menyelesaikan program S1-nya di jurusan Planologi, ITB.

Sang dokter tersenyum, “Nah kalau kau masih mau berpikir, itu artinya kau masih bisa sehat. Sekarang mari kita berjuang.”

Ucapan dokter tadi menyemangati Ienjo untuk bertahan hidup. Ini sesuatu yang penting sebab selain masalah fisik, persoalan terbesar Ienjo pasca kecelakaan adalah masalah psikis. “Dalam sekejap saya merasa menjadi orang yang tidak berdaya dan penuh keterbatasan,” ungkapnya, jujur. Selain itu setelah tiga bulan di rawat dirumah sakit, Ienjo harus menjalani proses pemulihan yang panjang.

Selama masa itu, misalnya, ia hanya boleh makan tiga jenis cairan: cairan dari nasi atau air tajin, dari wortel, atau air dari kacang hijau. Lalu, setiap hari ia mesti makan 17 jenis obat, tiga kali sehari, plus suntikan dengan dosis empat kali per hari. Sebagai terapi fisik, setiap pagi ia juga mesti menjemur punggungnya dan merendam kakinya di air yang mengalir.

Semuanya mesti ia jalani selama hampir empat tahun!


Jujur itu Hitam atau Putih, bukan Abu-abu

Ienjo lahir dan dibesarkan di Bandung sebagai anak tunggal. Saudara kandungnya meninggal semasa kecil. Ayahnya seorang pegawai negeri yang bekerja di Jakarta. Kondisi inilah yang membuat Ienjo sering pergi-pulang Bandung-Jakarta, terutama ketika kondisi kesehatan sang ayah kian memburuk. Dalam seminggu, Ienjo bisa tiga hari berada di Jakarta. Ini pula yang membuat sekolahnya di SMA keteteran.

Interaksinya dengan sang ayah, dan lingkungannya, membuat Ienjo banyak menimba pengalaman hidup. Misalnya, ia belajar dari pengalaman semasa menjadi anggota Pramuka.

Pernah ketika mengikuti perkemahan di kawasan Cikole, Lembang, Ienjo mendapat tugas menanak nasi. Ketika itu ia masih anak-anak. Hasilnya tentu terbayang. Iya, nasinya hangus. Berkerak.

Semula Ienjo sempat cemas, jangan-jangan semua temannya kecewa. Nyatanya tidak. Mereka dengan enaknya makan nasi berkerak. Dari situ ia belajar tentang pentingnya berkontribusi dalam hidup berkelompok. Pengalaman yang ia tidak jumpai di rumah.

Ienjo juga suka berolahraga, tentunya ketika ia masih sehat. Banyak cabang yang ia ikuti. Bulutangkis, tenis, sepakbola dan banyak lagi lainnya. “Melalui olahraga saya banyak belajar tentang pentingnya kejujuran saat bertanding, sportivitas, dan kerja sama. Apa enaknya memenangkan pertandingan kalau itu dilakukan melalui cara-cara yang tidak terhormat,” ungkapnya, tegas.


Anaconda Bangkara (berdiri di depan) saat menjadi pembicara dalam sesi diskusi panel di Seminar International Conference for Family Business & Entrepreneurship 2017 di Bali, awal Mei lalu.


Kegiatannya berorganisasi membuat mata Ienjo terbuka bahwa hidupnya hanya berarti kalau kehadirannya memberikan manfaat buat orang lain. Bukan sebaliknya.

Ayah Ienjo seorang yang lurus. Darinya Ienjo banyak belajar bahwa sikap jujur itu hitam atau putih. Bukan abu-abu. Ayahnya juga mengajarkan Ienjo untuk tidak membawa harta haram ke rumah. “Sebab tidak ada istri dan anak-anak yang berkenan dinafkahi dari harta haram,” katanya, tandas.

Ayahnya juga mengajarkan agar Ienjo jangan suka membanding-bandingkan. Mengapa? “Boleh jadi yang kita banding-bandingkan hanya bagian kecil dari yang kita tahu,” tukasnya. Alhasil perbandingannya menjadi tidak fair. Padahal, kata Ienjo, “Orang yang tahu adalah orang yang tahu apa yang dia belum tahu. Bukan orang yang serba tahu.”


Membayar “Utang”

Dengan sikapnya tersebut, Ienjo mengalami banyak masalah di beberapa tempat kerjanya terdahulu. “Persoalan utamanya adalah keberanian untuk bersikap jujur,” Ienjo menyimpulkan penyebabnya. Akhirnya setelah sekian lama mencari, pada September 2005 Ienjo pun bergabung dengan President University.

Pada awal kariernya di President University, Ienjo banyak terlibat dalam membangun kelas eksekutif, yakni program kuliah kelas malam yang ditujukan untuk para eksekutif perusahaan. Selain itu, dia juga ikut memprakarsai berdirinya koperasi karyawan.

Sembari mengajar, Ienjo juga melanjutkan kuliahnya di ITB sampai meraih gelar Doktor. Ia menuntaskan program S3-nya di almamaternya dengan topik disertasi Communication Model in Cross-Cultural Knowledge Share Derived from Indigenous Psychology in Indonesia Multinational Company. Untuk disertasinya ini Ienjo melakukan riset di sejumlah perusahaan multinasional di kawasan industri Jababeka, Bekasi, Jawa Barat.

Mengapa memilih topik itu? Katanya, selain terkesan dengan cara berkomunikasi sang dokter saraf tadi, ia juga merasa budaya lokal kian ditinggalkan oleh anak-anak muda sekarang ini. “Mereka merasa lebih modern kalau bisa menari Gangnam Style ketimbang Jaipong. Mereka lebih suka kongkow di Starbuck ketimbang warung tegal,” jelasnya. Jadi, lanjut dia, topik disertasi saya itu sebetulnya bukan semata-mata soal komunikasi, tapi soal budaya lokal.

Ienjo merasa kuliahnya di ITB dibiayai oleh banyak orang. Di antaranya dalam bentuk beasiswa yang ia terima. Kini ia ingin membayar kembali utangnya tersebut. Caranya? “Saya ingin membela kepentingan mereka,” ungkapnya. Di President University, itu ia lakukan dengan ingin menjadikan kampus ini sebagai lembaga pendidikan yang mengedepankan pembangunan karakter. Setuju! Kini, selain sibuk mengajar dan membimbing mahasiswa, Ienjo juga ditugaskan untuk memimpin Program Studi Teknik Sipil, Fakultas Teknik, dan Biro Pengembangan Program Studi Baru. (JB Susetiyo, tim PR).