Suharto the President


He caused a lot of misery. We all hate him and his family. We hate how he enriched himself and his friends. He silenced his opponents in unspeakable way. Yes, he embezzled people’s money. He was corrupt. So what? We as a nation were reckless and not critical.  

He stepped down in 1998 after ruling 32 years.  We did elect him over and over and over again. And till now, we still can’t seem to prosecute him.

But, he also fueled the economic growth. He held the nation together in one piece, so to speak, for 31 years. Not a lot of people can do that, I can tell you that. A lot of good things happened too.

All I am trying to say is, one man can’t cause hardship and misery to 235 million people. Everybody shares the blame. We didn’t work hard enough. We were not being critical enough. We didn’t have the courage. We weren’t smart enough. We were ignorant. We were corrupt. We were stupid.

Let’s start a new day. Let him rest. Let that be the lesson.

Let’s not sit quietly when our future leaders even think of going the same path as Suharto.  

Let’s study hard, work harder and contribute more to the country.


6 Responses to “Suharto the President”

  1. 1 L B January 12, 2008 at 10:07 am

    I am glad things are better now for Indonesia… or are they? 🙂 Power corrupts, unchecked. May we live in interesting times.. but not too interesting.

  2. 2 Sandy (Momisodes) January 12, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    What a great post…and very well said.

  3. 3 rinnah January 13, 2008 at 8:20 am

    Hi Andie, thanks for dropping by my blog and leaving your comment! I’d really love to find out more about Medan (we have planned about 1 day there), but didn’t have your email…

  4. 4 Jientje January 13, 2008 at 11:46 am

    There is good and bad, in everyone, all over the world. Sometimes bad
    can turn into positive things too, depends on how you look upon it?

  5. 5 Jijoy January 14, 2008 at 2:52 am

    I like this post. you voiced you thoughts clearly and I respect you for that. It seems now Indonesia is going through a new era.

  6. 6 tere616 January 14, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    Well, it’s not black and white answer. Especially since he left black and white tracks along his era.

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