The Jakarta Post
The government has awarded national hero status to seven figures for their contribution to the nation, including a Catholic politician and two renowned Muslim thinkers who were once jailed by former president Sukarno.
The award ceremony was hosted by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at the State Palace on Tuesday, two days before the commemoration of National Heroes Day on Thursday.
The seven national heroes are former minister Idham Chalid, first central bank governor Sjafruddin Prawiranegara, Muslim cleric and writer Abdul Malik Karim Amrullah (also known as Buya Hamka), education pioneer Ki Sarmidi Mangunsarkoro, first governor of Bali I Gusti Ketut Puja, key figure in Indonesia’s fight for independence Sri Susuhunan Pakubuwono X and a Catholic politician named Ignatius Joseph Kasimo.
“They struggled for independence. They produced ideas, masterpieces and ...