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Cendana is now just another street in Menteng

Jakarta   /   Tue, May 22 2012   /  08:38 am

Fourteen years ago, it was normal to see dozens of soldiers guarding Jl. Cendana in Menteng, Central Jakarta, which was then probably the nation’s most famous address.

Only those with special permits could traverse the street, which was home to the private residence of then president Soeharto.

Now, more than a decade after its most famous resident disappeared from the Indonesian political scene, the street has become just another address in Menteng.

Soeharto died on Jan. 27, 2008, almost 10 years after he resigned.

He owned three houses on the street — numbers 6, 8 and 10 — which were vacated soon after his death.

Today, only a few servants, cooks and security guards remain.

Tejo, 65, one of the security guards in the complex, said that the “Cendana family” — referring to the Soehartos — has plans to turn the houses into a museum...