EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA
INDONESIAN AND AUSTRALIAN COMMUNITY GATHERED TOGETHER AT THE INTERFAITH PRAYER FOR THE PASSING AWAY OF K.H. ABDURRAHMAN WAHID, FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA
The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Canberra convened an interfaith prayer on 5 January 2010 to pray with profound grief and sorrow for the passing away of Abdurrahman Wahid, former President of the Republic of Indonesia on 30 December 2009 at 18.45 West Indonesia Standard Time. The prayer was convened at 19.00-20.00 pm AEST and preceded by a Tahlilan prayer at 17.00-19.00 pm AEST. Approximately 100 participants consisting of students, and Indonesian community in Canberra took part in this prayer. The interfaith prayer itself was led by 4 religious cleric and priests including Muslim cleric, Christian, Catholic and Hindu priests.
Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Australia and Vanuatu, H.E. Mr. Primo Alui Joelianto, in his remarks, conveyed his deepest condolences for the passing away of the former President, K.H. Abdurrahman Wahid, who is also known as Gus Dur. The Ambassador also briefed the audience on the former president’s journey of life and his contribution in developing democracy and human rights. It is also mentioned that K.H. Abdurrahman Wahid had received many awards from international community for his contribution in developing interfaith dialogue, not only in Indonesia but also in the world.
Before the interfaith prayer was held, Muslim community in Canberra gathered together for a Tahlilan prayer led by Mr. Zahrul Muttaqin. The interfaith prayer was begun with Islamic prayer led by Mr. H. Taufik Prabowo. It was then continued by Christian prayer led Priest Desy Lewan, Catholic prayer led by Mr. Jack Matsay and finally Hindus prayer led by Mr. I Ketut Sudiasa. We prayed that the late former President would be received by Almighty God and for God to give strength and patience to his family. We also prayed for the future of our nation, Indonesia.
The interfaith prayer run very well and was followed by dinner. At this opportunity, Indonesian and Australian community expressed their appreciation to the Ambassador for convening this event and shared their memories about Gus Dur.
The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia had also circulated diplomatic note on 31 December 2009 to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia, all Embassies, Missions, and International Organisations in Canberra to inform the passing away of K.H. Abdurrahman Wahid. A condolence book will be opened at the Embassy from 5 January 2010 to 12 January 2010.
Embassy of Indonesia, 5 January 2010