The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle Party (PDI-P)
patron and People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) Speaker Taufiq Kiemas
died at a hospital in Singapore
on Saturday evening, according to message on the official PDI-P Twitter account.
The message was from House of Representatives
Deputy Speaker Pramono Anung, who accompanied Taufiq in Singapore,
along with PDI-P chairwoman and Taufiq’s wife Megawati Soekarnoputri and
Puan Maharani, kompas.com
reported on Saturday.
PDI-P secretary-general Tjahjo Kumolo said
Taufiq’s remains would be brought to Jakarta
from Singapore on Sunday
through Halim Perdanakusma Airport.
He added that the remains would be buried at Kalibata Heroes
Taufiq was hospitalized after he felt sick when accompanying
Vice President Boediono in observing the Pancasila anniversary on June 1
in East Nusa Tenggara.
A former student activist, Taufiq was Megawati’s
third husband. Puan Maharani is the only child from Taufiq’s marriage to
was among those eager to promote Pancasila as one of the four state
pillars. He often said Indonesia
required a firm basis - the four state pillars – in order to be able to achieve
The three other state pillars are the national motto
Bhinneka Tunggal Ika (Unity in
Diversity), the 1945 Constitution and the concept of the unitary state of the Republic of Indonesia. (hrl/dic)