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The ones who made a difference

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, December 27 2009   /  02:05 pm

The span of 10 years is a long time to identify and neatly encapsulate all the people who made their mark on the decade. Many once famous figures are now relegated to "where are they now?" trivial pursuit categories, requiring a Wikipedia search to jog the memory. The ones who matter are those whose legacy will be remembered as making a difference in shaping the decade. The following are the picks of the Sunday Post team of those people who mattered to Indonesia. Politics & Society Munir Said Thalib dedicated his life to the struggle of improving human rights in Indonesia. He was best known for his work with Kontras, the organization he founded to help victims of violence and to support relatives of people kidnapped or "disappeared" by security forces, especially in the former East Timor and Aceh. His fearless stance, especially during the authoritarian Soeharto regim...