IN MEMORY OF FOURTH INDONESIAN PRESIDENT ABDURRAHMAN WAHID

1/4/2010

 
 
 

EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA

MANILA

 

 PRESS RELEASE

(001/SOSBUD/I/2010)

In Memory of Fourth Indonesia President

 KH ABDURRAHMAN WAHID

 1940 - 2009

  

Fourth Indonesian President, KH Abdurrahman Wahid (1991 – 2001) passed away in Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital, Jakarta-Indonesia, on Wednesday, 30 December 2009 at 18.45 hour local time.

 

KH Abdurrahman Wahid (known Gus Dur) was born in Jombang, East Java, Indonesia on 4 August 1940. He was married with Mrs. Shinta Nuriyah and have four (4) childrens : Alissa Qotrunnada, Zannuba Ariffah Chafsoh, Anita Hayatunnufus and Inayah Wulandari.

 

He was a charismatic leader and a charitable of the largest Indonesian Islamic organization Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), whose membership is of more than 40 million followers. He was also a founder a National Awakening Party.

 

Gus Dur had long been a national popular leader and remains one of the most influential politicians in Indonesia and a man who abolished the discriminative rules dealing with Chinese when he became a President of Indonesia. He was the man who allowed Chinese people to celebrate “Chinese New Year” and express their cultures and traditions freely. He is the man who made Confucianism as an “official religion” admitted by the state besides Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Christianity (Catholic and Protestant). Gus Dur had a very moderate idea to bridge the Muslim and Christian (interfaith) dialog.

 

Although since several years ago he had been almost blind because of stroke disease and had been to move by wheelchair, he persist the struggle of nonviolence, wrote articles in mass media, attended seminars, criticized the government, demonstrate with the crowds, advocated and assisted the victims of human rights violation and so forth. He did it for the sake of achieving justice, peace, democracy, liberty, prosperity and other universal values.

 

Gus Dur, one of the symbols of nonviolent movements from Indonesia.

 

In memory and honour of Gus Dur, the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Manila is opening a Book of Condolence for those who would like to express their sympathy and share this bereaved moment with Indonesian community in the Philippines.

 

For signing a Book of Condolence is from 4 December 2010 at 13.00 – 16.00 hour local time and 5 & 6 December 2010 at 10.00 – 12.00  and 13.00  16.00 hour local time at the Nusantara Hall (lobby) of the Indonesian Embassy.

 

                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                   Manila, 4 Januari 2010