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Obituary: Why fuss?!

  • Primastuti Handayani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, December 31 2009   /  10:36 am

What do you remember about Gus Dur? His famous “gitu aja kok repot” (why fuss?!) remark has become an icon on political talk shows. This remark showed how he could easily solve problems even though his decisions could spark anger from others.Gus Dur passed away at the age of 69 at the Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital, Central Jakarta, on Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. Family members, figures from the country’s biggest Muslim organization, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), as well as President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who served as energy and mineral resources minister during Gus Dur’s tenure between 1999 and 2001, were beside him during his critical moment.Gus Dur was long known as a humorist. He always threw in punches on serious issues, even on religious matters, which remains a sensitive topic in Indonesia. He revoked the ban on Chinese-related celebrations, making Imlek (Chinese New Year) a national...