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Jakarta Post

Fauzi Abdullah: Reminiscing the laborers' hero

  • Indrasari Tjandraningsih


Jakarta   /   Wed, December 9 2009   /  02:22 pm

He left when he was needed most. He left when the oppressed were still struggling to have their say. In spite of it all, labor activist Fauzi Abdullah departed with more than just memories. Oji, as his fellow activists called him, left a legacy: keep fighting against injustice. While Muslims were busy celebrating Idul Adha on Nov. 27, laborers in the country were mourning. They mourned the loss of their most consistent defender, their father figure. The rights activist also called Abah (father) or Bang (brother), Oji, died at age 60, just before he was to be rewarded for his work defending the rights of laborers in Indonesia. He succumbed to lung and liver diseases, which hit him hardest during the past month, leaving his wife and 9-year-old son behind. Todung Mulya Lubis, noted lawyer and fellow rights activist, said Fauzi was supposed to receive the prestigious Yap ...