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Jakarta Post

Obituary: Des Alwi, the boy from Banda

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, November 13 2010   /  10:37 am

JP/J. Adiguna The late Des Alwi may be known as many things to different generations. An independence fighter, a diplomat, an historian and a filmmaker.But most notably he was among the gallery of fascinating personalities that emerged during Indonesia’s formative years to be simply remembered as the boy from Banda.Des died in his sleep Friday morning at his home in Permata Hijau, South Jakarta, four days shy of his 83rd birthday as he was recovering from a heart operation.He is survived by his two daughters, Mira Alwi and Tanya Alwi, as well as his son, Ramon Alwi. His wife, Anna Marie Mambu, and first child, Karma Alwi, had passed away.Born on Nov. 17, 1927, in the island of Banda Naira, Maluku, his grandfather, Said Badilaa, was a prominent pearl and nutmeg businessman.It was this chance meeting on Banda shores in 1935 where he met with two giants of history — former vice pre...