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Jakarta Post

In Memoriam: Sima Gunawan: The smiling journalist

  • Endy M. Bayuni

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 20 2012   /  10:48 am

JPI could never tell whenever she smiled if she was being cynical or friendly. If anyone had the ability to combine the two, Sima Gunawan was it. Although I had known her since 1984, I could never guess whether she was being cynical in a friendly way, or friendly in a cynical way. She smiled a lot.A dear friend, a great colleague to work with, and a damn good journalist, Sima passed away in Bumi Serpong Damai near Jakarta on Thursday after years of fighting a malignant cancer. She was 51.Her smile is one of the features many will remember her by. The smile concealed one characteristic anyone who knew her noticed: She was tough, even stubborn at times.I worked with her when I joined The Jakarta Post in 1992. Sharing the same desk, I had my share of fights with her. Once or twice, in my desperation, I had to show rank. “Just do as I say,” I told her. And there was that smile. Sima join...