Prominent historian Des
Alwi dies at 82

Des Alwi Abubakar, the prominent historian who was the adopted son of Indonesia's first vice president, Mohammad Hatta, died early Friday morning in Jakarta.

“I have received word from [former vice-president] Try Soetrisno's aide and I am going to the funeral home,” Eminent Persons Group Indonesia-Malaysia member Musni Umar said as reported by Antara news service.

Born in Banda Naira in the Moluccas on Nov. 17, 1927, Des Alwi was a highly regarded supporter and symbol of the people of Banda Naira.

His skill as a lobbyist in national and international affairs was attributed to his close relationships with historic figures such as Hatta and independence leader Sutan Sjahrir.

As a child, Des Alwi met the pair during their exile in Banda Naira. He called Hatta 'Oom Kacamata', or Uncle Eyeglasses, and Sjahrir 'Oom Rir'.

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