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Jakarta Post

‘Pak’ Moazzam’s farewell message

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Thu, June 20 2019   /  01:30 am

A true friend provides good advice at the right time and in the right way, an old saying goes. That’s what outgoing British Ambassador to Indonesia Moazzam Malik did when he conveyed a five-point farewell message to Indonesia right before his four-year posting ends on June 21. As always, it was on a strong and bold note, including regarding the protection of minorities. His words will be well received and may impact government policies and people’s mindset. Thirty years ago, then-United States ambassador to Indonesia Paul Wolfowitz sent a shocking message — but received a cheerful welcome — to president Soeharto. In a public lecture at the American Cultural Center on May 10, 1989, just a few weeks before he ended his three-year term and returned to Washington to hold a senior position at the Department of Defense, Wolfowitz said: “If greater openness is a key to economic succes...