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..