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Jakarta Post

[COMMENTARY] SBY could be Jokowi’s best envoy to Myanmar

  • Kornelius Purba

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, February 1, 2021   /  12:27 am
[COMMENTARY] SBY could be Jokowi’s best envoy to Myanmar Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (JP/R. Berto Wedhatama)

Rasain lu (that’s what you get) – the popular slang phrase will be likely uttered by many Indonesians in response to the military’s threat to topple Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi. They have shown their dislike of the Nobel Peace laureate her for lack of an appetite to help the Muslim ethnic Rohingya minority and her reluctance to get closer to Indonesian leaders. I do not believe President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has any hard feelings against his counterpart. After all Indonesia should take a leading role, along with other ASEAN neighbors, in rescuing Myanmar from a possible return to military dictatorship. Helping Myanmar in this time of need could be a good chance for ASEAN to push for a win-win solution to the prolonged suffering of the Rohingya. More importantly, Myanmar should carry on with its democratization after decades of mili...