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Jakarta Post

Sultan Iskandar Mahmud Badaruddin III: Preserving cultural values with modesty

  • Khairul Saleh

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 14 2010   /  08:33 am

Courtesy of Sultan Iskandar Mahmud Badaruddin As far as sovereigns go, Sultan Iskandar Mahmud Badaruddin, or Mahmud Badaruddin, isn’t exactly removed from present-day affairs or aloof to the plight of his people. He believes his traditional title bestows upon him the responsibility to protect society. Born in Palembang on Feb. 23, 1966, he is in fact  known as a modest gentleman in his daily appearance although his dress sense is not so casual. The sovereign shared his concerns on different issues in a recent interview with The Jakarta Post in the capital of South Sumatra. “No less significant and demanding is the Sultan’s moral obligation to restore the time-honored custom and tradition of the region now nearly extinct,” he told The Post at his residence in Sekip Ujung, Palembang.In his view, the presence of the sultanate or Sultan today serves more as a social and cul...