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Jakarta Post

Commentary: King Willem-Alexander, please recognize Indonesia’s Independence Day

  • Kornelius Purba

    Senior editor at The Jakarta Post

  /   Tue, March 10 2020   /  01:00 am

Welkom to Indonesia Your Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands. Wij houd van uw en Nederland. Indonesians are very happy about the royal family’s visit to our beloved country. At the invitation of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, the king and queen will visit Jakarta, Yogyakarta, North Sumatra and Kalimantan, from March 10 to 13.I could not stop laughing for a while when two friends said a Dutch diplomat felt irritated that The Jakarta Post published an article on March 3 by historian Marjolein van Pagee. She was very unhappy with the royal family’s visit. “As a Dutch historian, I am very much against the upcoming state visit of our King Willem-Alexander. The Dutch royal family earned millions, if not billions, from oppressing Indonesia for centuries without ever taking responsibility,” she wrote.I chuckled because the Dutch government used to be ...