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Max Boon: For the love of Indonesia…

  • Rendi A. Witular

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, June 28 2010   /  08:57 am

Dutchman Max Boon, who survived the 2009 terrorist attack on Jakarta’s JW Marriott Hotel, had all the reasons in the world to turn his back on Indonesia. But he did return, determined to live life to its full potential.Max Boon and Ria Heilena Pratiwi. JP/J.ADIGUNAMax Boon’s passion for Indonesia has given him the strength to help the country convey the following message to the world: Terrorism fails to ignite and spread fear.  “If I am afraid, the terrorists will win... Terrorism is everywhere, but don’t let them scare you,” said Boon in an interview during his visit early this month. “I’ve passed the location [of the bombings] many times [during visits to Jakarta since the terrorist attack], and I feel normal,” said Boon, who speaks impeccable Indonesian. Boon also plans to meet with the terrorists’ family one day, and share with them his conviction that resortin...