One of Jakarta’s oldest and most prominent high schools, Kolese Kanisius in Menteng, Central Jakarta, has responded to public controversy over a speech made by one of its alumni during the commemoration of the school’s 90th anniversary.
Ananda Sukarlan, a classical pianist, had lambasted the invitation of Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan to the event held Saturday at JIExpo in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta.
The all-male school, which is also known as Canisius College (CC), said such criticism was covered by the freedom of speech, although it was conveyed in an inappropriate forum.
“It is our tradition to invite a regional leader to our anniversary. There is nothing special about inviting Anies,” said Eduard C. Ratu Dopo SJ, the principal of CC and head of the committee for the 90th anniversary celebration.
Along with Anies, Eduard said, the committee had a...