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Editorial: Thank you, Machicha

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Wed, February 29 2012   /  10:29 am

The last thing on many people’s minds is to say thank you to a woman who won fame more for her intimacy with one of the late president Soeharto’s closest aides than for her singing career.

But it was because of Machicha Mochtar, aka Aisyah, that the state now effectively recognizes the legal claim of children to their biological fathers and the responsibility of fathers and their families to their children, despite being born out of wedlock.

The ruling of the Constitutional Court, announced on Feb. 17, was a national precedent for children who find themselves continually whispered about and constantly confronted by hassles as they progress toward adulthood, because only their mothers are listed on their birth certificates.

Provided that Machicha could prove through science, witnesses or other legally accepted means that the late state secretary Moerdiono was th...