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Jakarta Post

Indonesia loses a leading `man of principle'

  • Irawaty Wardany

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, January 2 2010   /  12:56 pm

Indonesia closed the year 2009 with sorrow since two leading figures from the worlds of politics and religious affairs died only a few hours apart from each other in the last days of the year. Former minister, ambassador, politician and church activist Franciscus Xaverius Seda, known as Frans Seda, died on Dec. 31 at 5:15 a.m., several hours after the death of former fourth president Abdurrahman "Gus Dur" Wahid. A tearful Sri Mulyani Indrawati, the embattled Finance Minister, said she learnt a lot from Seda on managing the state economy. "He was a person of high principle *who acted with* great responsibility," she said Friday at Seda's residence in Pondok Indah, South Jakarta. Seda, an economist and businessman, died at the age of 83 at his home and will be buried at the reputed funeral home of San Diego Hills in Karawang, West Java on Saturday. He will be given...