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Issues of the day: SBY
receives knighthood in
UK

Oct. 30, p. 2

During his three-day visit to the United Kingdom, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is to be given a prestigious honor by Queen Elizabeth II, in spite of a plan by activists for Papua to make a “citizens arrest” against him.

The title given by the Queen may make activists think twice about arresting Yudhoyono. The Queen is expected to bestow the Honorary Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath, an award that has been given to former US president Ronald Reagan, former French president Jacques Chirac and Turkish President Abdullah Gul.

The award is the highest rank of one of the oldest orders of British chivalry.

Presidential spokesperson for foreign affairs Teuku Faizasyah said on Monday that receiving the award from the Queen would only be one of Yudhoyono’s activities in London.


Your comments:

Several countries are praising Indonesia without knowing what is going on in this country.

Discrimination against minorities, corruption, oppression, violations of humans rights, etc. They simply ignore it.

It is high time that the world becomes aware of what is going on here.

APH Mulders

Despite a lack of firmness toward corruption and radicalism, SBY has done so much in terms of economic reforms and managed to attract more FDI than even before the Asian financial crisis.

Regarding human rights and democratization, that takes time. After decades of dictatorship, Indonesia is doing better than most analysts
predicted: implosion of society.

Nanda

The President of Indonesia will soon be a knight of the Queen of United Kingdom! Three times bow to the Queen.

Wishnu Prasetya


A knighthood for what? He leads a nation corrupt at the expense of the poor population.

Does the Queen know how bad it is in Indonesia?

Joe

Maybe the Queen should visit here and try to buy a drink in a night club and see the real Indonesia, as it gets raided by radical groups. What a ridiculous decision.

Sheldon Archer


There is little that the UK intelligence agencies do not know about the realities of SBY.

They must obviously need something from Indonesia: cheap oil, gas and minerals.

Maurice Gold

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