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Joko Susilo: Puppet diplomat charms Kiwis

  • Duncan Graham

    Contributor

Adelaide   /   Wed, April 30 2008   /  01:10 pm
JOKO SUSILO : (JP/Duncan Graham)(JP/Duncan Graham)

JOKO SUSILO : (JP/Duncan Graham) Joko Susilo is a bit of a cheeky lad. At a big event in the South Australian capital of Adelaide last year, the Indonesian dalang shadow puppet master took a shot at monolingual Australia -- he knew the then opposition leader Kevin Rudd was in the audience and that academics and linguists were lobbying for improved language teaching. Joko suddenly stopped his Indonesian commentary to announce: "This is John Howard country... I must only speak English here!" His aside delighted the 1,000 strong audience unconcerned about an outsider commenting on local politics. And in Jakarta it may well have brought an approving nod from his more famous namesake Djoko Susilo, the outspoken and influential nationalist Indonesian politician who loves baiting Australia. Joko, the musician plays it close to the line but he does ...