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Jakarta Post

In memoriam: Gen. Rais Abin, one of Indonesia’s finest soldiers

  • Jusuf Wanandi


Jakarta   /   Fri, April 9 2021   /  01:00 am
Rais Abin(

Lt. Gen (ret.) Rais Abin passed away on March 25. A few weeks before his death, he called me to help him translate a book into Indonesian. It was a book written by Cecil B. Currey, about general Vo Nguyen Giap of Vietnam, whom he considered one of the most brilliant strategists, and who had beaten the French at Dien Bien-Phu. This was typical of Rais Abin. He was one of Indonesia’s most learned soldiers, and he loved to read.  The first time I met him was when we were in the 1965 “revolution”, when he accompanied his wife, Ibu Dewi Asiah, to political meetings. His wife worked as a correspondent for the Pedoman daily and came from a political family, as her mother was the chairperson of the Independence Vanguard Party (IPKI), and her father was an important officer, one of the highest in the hierarchy, Lt. Gen. Hidajat Martaatmadja, who sever...