“The achievements and works that he carried out were not small things, especially like national development, even though as a human being, and like other leaders, Pak Harto had some deficiencies and made some mistakes,” President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Saturday, referring to Mr. Suharto by a common name of affection.
“This will not stop us from thanking him for his contribution and achievements, and service to our nation,” he said, after cutting short a trip to Malaysia to visit the former president’s bedside....
On Sunday, an old friend, Lee Kuan Yew, the founding father of Singapore, flew to Jakarta to visit his bedside. On Monday, another member of the old guard, former Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad of Malaysia, paid a visit.
Mr. Suharto was asleep or unconscious when Mr. Lee arrived, but his visitor approached his bedside and touched him, said former State Secretary Murdiono, who like many Indonesians uses only one name and is a confidant of Mr. Suharto. In his autobiography, Mr. Lee described Mr. Suharto as “a quiet man, courteous and punctilious on form and protocol.” He added: “He is not an intellectual, but he has the ability to select able economists and administrators who are his administrators.”
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For Discussion: Here's someone who has embezzled huge amounts (15 to 35 billion) of money from state coffers, still loved by the people? Does it really truly reflect the view of the Indonesian people? What lesson can development practitioners learn from it?
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