MM Lee praises Pak Harto

28 01 2008

Agence France-Presse – 1/28/2008 6:10 AM

Singapore’s Lee praises Indonesian ex-president Suharto

History will accord former Indonesian president Suharto “a place of honour,” his long-time friend and Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew said in a condolence letter.

“Over the decades, he has shown himself to be a man of his word. Whatever he had promised, he would deliver. He was taciturn, but tenacious,” Lee said in a letter to Suharto’s daughter Siti Hardiyanti Rukmana.

The letter was released late Sunday by Singapore’s ministry of foreign affairs. Suharto, 86, died in a Jakarta hospital early on Sunday after multiple organ failure and was buried Monday.

“Younger people do not know how disastrous was the economic situation in Indonesia before September 1965 when hyper-inflation was drowning Indonesia’s economy,” wrote Lee.

“Under Pak Harto’s leadership, he turned the country around and made Indonesia an economic success story.”

“Pak Harto” is an affectionate term used to refer to Suharto.

Lee’s rule as Singapore’s prime minister coincided with much of Suharto’s presidency and the two states have close economic ties. Lee, 84, said they first met in 1970.

Suharto seized power in 1966 following an abortive coup. He stepped down almost 10 years ago as protests and riots engulfed the country amid a regional economic crisis, with millions plunged into poverty.

“He was not responsible for the foreign debt problems of many Indonesian companies and banks that triggered the rupiah’s fall,” Lee wrote, referring to Indonesia’s currency.

“I have no doubt history will accord Pak Harto a place of honour in Indonesia’s history when his life’s work is studied in calm perspective.”

Lee visited Suharto as he slept in his hospital bed in Jakarta two weeks before his death.

Lee stepped down as prime minister in 1990 but holds the position of Minister Mentor in the cabinet of his son, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

The Singaporean prime minister praised Suharto’s “leadership, vision and statesmanship” in his own condolence letter to Suharto’s daughter.

He said Suharto played a pivotal role in making the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) an effective organisation safeguarding the region’s interests.

“More than once, Pak Suharto’s personal courage and leadership made the difference,” Prime Minister Lee wrote.

Critics say Suharto was a ruthless dictator who leaves behind a legacy of bloodshed, human rights abuses and huge corruption that overshadows major economic progress during his rule.

“Yes, there was corruption. Yes, he gave favours to his family and his friends. But there was real growth, real progress,” Lee Kuan Yew was quoted by a Singapore newspaper as telling reporters after visiting Suharto in hospital.

“Whatever the criticisms against him, I am certain that history will honour him for his significant contributions to his country and our region,” another Singaporean leader, Goh Chok Tong, wrote to Suharto’s daughter.

Goh was Singapore’s prime minister during the last years of Suharto’s presidency.

“He was always gracious and thoughtful. But beneath his quiet, smiling demeanour and gentle hand-shake was a man of steel,” Goh wrote.

“I was always struck by how he had, time and again, weathered adversity in a most calm and dignified manner.”


Rest in peace, my president

28 01 2008

Rest in peace, Pak Suharto…

Rest in peace Pak Harto

Former Indonesian president Suharto laid to rest

Former Indonesian president Suharto was laid to rest with full military honours Monday, ending a controversial chapter in the history of the nation he ruled with an iron fist for 32 years.

The ex-dictator, whose rule became a byword for rampant corruption and rights abuses despite huge economic progress, was buried in his family mausoleum in the town of Matesih in a state funeral.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono gave a short speech as close relatives covered his coffin with rose and jasmin petals during the ceremony.

He was buried next to his wife, Siti Suhartinah, who died in 1996.

Hundreds of mourners gathered along the flag-lined road leading to the mausoleum on the main island of Java to pay their respects as his funeral processsion passed.

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Goodbye Mr. Suharto

27 01 2008

To me, Mr. Suharto is a good president..

Goodbye Mr. Suharto, do rest in peace.

Mr Suharto

(Foto extracted from Channel News Asia video)

JAKARTA : Former president Suharto died on Sunday, 27th January 2008, at about 13:10 (0610 GMT), aged 86, his family and police said at a Jakarta hospital.

Indonesia’s second and longest-ruling president Suharto has died.Indonesian police officials said the former president passed away at about 1.10pm (local time).He had been admitted to hospital on Friday 4th January, suffering from anaemia, a weakening heart and kidneys and swollen internal organs. Mr Suharto began to respond to a blood transfusion and dialysis treatment administered by his team of doctors at Pertamina Hospital in Jakarta.

However, by Tuesday 8 January, his condition deteriorated with signs of internal bleeding and fluid build-up in his lungs. His condition fluctuated until Friday 11 January, when the former president lost consciousness and suffered multiple organ failure. He was put on a ventilator to help his breathing.
By the third week of his hospitalisation, his condition was reported to be much improved and doctors were even saying that the former Indonesian leader was breathing on his own and could possibly go home.

However on Sunday 27 January, doctors said he suffered multiple organ failure again and went into a coma before slipping away.

Mr Suharto was 86 years old.


More at TodayOnline, CNA (Channel News Asia) , CNA – Suharto’s last years

Crowded MRT

27 01 2008

After my Japanese class at abt 10pm+++, will take the MRT home.. as always it will be very packed.. I was wonder why?

Dun these people have other places to go? Dun these people go home?? Even at such orbit time, MRT is packed with people… So can imagine when it is abt 5-7pm… how crowded the MRT can be!!!! Like sardine fish… can smell and touch everyone… -_______-“”

One day, I decided to video it…

TodayOnline reports an answer to MRT Squeeze.

CNY Bazaar at Chinatown

27 01 2008

As promised, here is the video taken at my trip to Chinatown Chinese New Year (CNY) bazaar.. Others will have to wait…


26 01 2008

Some video clip which I make.. just for fun..


btw, here is an early greeting from me…

Happy Chinese New Year!!! =D

Remember to hit the Chinatown or Eunos!! *wink*

Addition of new Categories

26 01 2008

Have decided to add 3 more categories.  [Christ, MyClip, FannWong, Travel]

Christ – Bible verses and sharing.

FannWong – News and fotos of my pretty fav star – Fann Wong 范文芳

Travel – My travel experiences, desires and ‘lobang’

MyClip – Since I have my N95 phone, I will shoot my own video clips to share with u all.. This is different with “Clip”, “Clip” will just indicate it is uploaded by others to youtube or other websites..

John 3:16

26 01 2008

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that every one who believes into Him would not perish, but would have eternal life.

John 3:16

神爱世人,甚至将祂的独生子赐给他们,叫一切信入祂的, 不至灭亡,凡得永远的生命。


Cousins @ my place

26 01 2008

My 2 cousins are here in Sg.. Been staying at my place since 3rd Jan..

Oldest cousin, Yvonne, is starting school at Shatec learning pastry… yummy… She has found a place near Bukit Batok Mrt, walking distance to school.. Will be moving in abt end of Jan or early Feb.. Cooked meal sometimes for me .. enjoying the process.. so did I!! haha…  and her classes has started since 14th Jan.. and usually she will bring her products home..

pastry muffins rolls

Younger cousin, Wenny, is Yvonne’s sis. She has applied for nursing in 1-2 polythecnics.. and hopefully her application is successful.. So meanwhile, while waiting for the news, she will be staying in jkt first with her grandparents.. If her application is successful then, prob she will join Yvonne in Sg..

Suddenly… I have so many cousins in my house/Sg!! My closer cousin in Sg will be only Siuping then.. Now married with a Singaporean and have a son! Happy for her..  Now there are additional Yvonne and Wenny… Soon after, there is also my God-bro who is working in Sg GNC now.. Wow… sooo many companions.. *grin*


Well well.. my room is big.. but not very big… so they just have to make do with the 2 mattresses on the floor.. and of course, with 2 mattresses on the floor, there are nothing much left space to do anything in the room.. haha but will make do..

Just like when my bro, Yongkie, and my sis-in-law,  Sarah, were here last year.. They also bunked at my place..


I must say I am not a good cousin.. since they came.. I have not really bring them to places for sight-seeing, for food, for play… *sigh* Have been involved with work.. plus school project… and now exam preparation… Last time, when Yvonne was here last year for a short while to apply for Shatec.. also the time when I was preparing my exams and project report.. so didn’t really spend much time with her.. Only brought her to see Esplanade and Merlion. But I was glad that they are quite independent and didn’t blame me for not able to spend time with them…

Most of the time we spent was at our room… checking emails, watching tv/movie/drama clips, chatting here and there, and foto-taking… like below…

Yvonne me Wenny

Well well… to make up… I brought Wenny to go East Coast last sat.. (will blog it again next time)… tonight we cousins (4 girls) and Jo are going Chinatown tonight!!! WeeeEEeeee =)

Will blog of our shots and video taken in Chinatown soon.. if not, after CNY. Coz need to really study for exam… which is on 5th Feb… haven’t touch anything till now… *sigh*

Mass Comm 2nd Semester – Exam Results

24 01 2008


Praise the Lord..

Thank you Lord..

for giving me …

A for my Electronic Media


B for my Journalism Skills


*chirpy mood* lalala…  =)

千 风 之 歌

24 01 2008

Remember my Do not Stand at My Grave and Weep post?

Saw another post from Dasmond Koh for the story behind this song..

Translation to Chinese and Japanese..

千 风 之 歌


秋天 我化身为阳光
冬天 我化身为白雪



私のお墓の前で 泣かないでください
そこに私はいません 眠ってなんかいません
冬はダイヤのように きらめく雪になる
朝は鳥になって あなたを
夜は星になって あなたを見守る私のお墓の前で
そこに私はいません 死んでなんかいません

Jo – starting of the year

24 01 2008

Jo promising to work hard to lose weight… starting from buying a track shoes, running pants and a pull-over..

Jia you lorr….