Hari Kebangkitan Nasional yesterday also marked the historic passing of one of the last leaders of the Indonesian independence movement, SK Trimurti. Trimurti had been a member of the nationalist movement since 1933, and during the Revolution had been Minister of Labour (how many countries had female ministers of labour in the 1940s?!). She had been a leading figure in the labour movement and in journalism. Australian audiences may remember her for the brief interview in Curtis Levy's documentary Riding the Tiger. Amazing woman. She was 96.
By a strange coincidence yesterday also saw the death of Ali Sadikin (b.1926), Jakarta's most popular governor ever from the 1970s, and the man who pioneered the wearing of batik shirts as official uniform (I used to have one of the black and gold Ali Sadikin batik shirts, but it has long since gone to Vinnies). Probably the President who never was.