President Suharto passed away

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Former Indonesian President Suharto, was pronounced dead in Pertamina Hospital, Jakarta after three weeks of organ complications and failure. Despite shown improvement early last week and managed to stabilised, his conditions worsened few days ago.

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Al fatihah

Suharto, born on 8 June 1921 near Jogjakarta, Centra Java, was a general in the TNI before taking over from President Soekarno on 12 March 1967, after foiling a coup d’etat staged by Indonesian Communist Party in 1966. He served as Indonesian President from 12 June 1967 to 21 May 1998, in the midst of pandemonium caused by financial melt down in the region.

Despite criticism against corrupt practices, Suharto managed to stabilise and balance the economy, growth and development in a very diversified and human-resource-rich under developed poor country, which is logistically challenged spread over 30,000 major islands. Proceeds from oil exploration were used for basic economic development programs which elevated tens of million of Indonesians from near starvation poverty level. He was also one of the pioneers of ASEAN.

Suharto’s downfall started when he accepted the ‘IMF solution’ as a remedy to the Indonesian ailing economy, after the region’s bourses and money market suffered a near catastrophy and an economic meltdown, which started from the ‘attack against currencies’ by some hedge funds. When he signed the IMF proposal as Michelle Camdessus looks over, it was captured and later depicted as “Suharto surrenders to the West”.

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Indonesia went into a viscous spiral downwards economy, which saw inflation and unemployment escalating. A massive nationwide street demonstration and rioting “Reformasi” movement was born and Indonesia, especially in Jakarta went into near pandemonium state as Suharto rapidly, relieves himself from power and control of the nation. Finally, Suharto was forced to relinquish his position on 21 May 1998.

He was succeeded by technologist Prof. Jusuf Habibie. Indonesia have never had any stability since he left power and now being plagued by political and economic pressure from the West, especially United States and Australia, on issues such as ‘terrorism’. Infact, Indonesia also was ‘forced’ to cede East Timor, for an autonomy and later independence, from the Western pressures.

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*An update of 3.10pm, Sunday 27 January 2008. From The Star:


MYT
2:58:58 PM

Suharto dies at 86

JAKARTA (Indonesia): Former Indonesian president Suharto, an army general who crushed Indonesia‘s communist movement and pushed aside the country’s founding father to usher in 32 years of tough rule that saw up to a million political opponents killed, died Sunday. He was 86.

“He has died,” Dr Christian Johannes told The Associated Press, adding that he died at 1.10pm (2.10pm Malaysian time).

Dozens of doctors on Suharto’s medical team had been rushed to the Pertamina Hospital in the capital, Jakarta, after his blood pressure fell suddenly Saturday night. Suharto had slipped out of consciousness for the first time in more than three weeks of treatment, doctors said.

Suharto, had been in intensive care with lung, heart and kidney failure since he was admitted to the hospital on Jan 4. Over the past week his physicians had spoken of a recovery, but by Sunday that had changed dramatically. – AP

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Paranoia Singapura dibuktikan

Memang sah dan terbukti Singapura merupakan sebuah negara paranoia dan di’buru dengan bayang bayang dan “hantu” imaginasi’ sendiri.

Mereka mempunyai mentaliti tegar bahawa mereka bberada dalam situasi ‘ancaman dan bahaya’ maksimum dan perlu sentiasa berada dalam keadaan berjaga jaga (satu peringkat sebelum tahap ‘peperangan’).

Mungkin hantu dalam kepada sendiri ini sebenarnya ialah baying baying dan perasaan kegelisahan mereka, sebagai ‘agen’ dan penoyong kuat (ally) Yahudi Zionism, dalam rantau Nusantara yang dihuni 220 juta masyarakat Islam Sunnah-wal-jamaah ini.

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Peristiwa terbaru, ialah apabila dua pesawat tempur canggih F16C tentera udara ‘pseudo Israel’ ini dikerah, seluruh Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) diletak dalam keadaan berjaga jaga dan sehinggakan lapangan terbang antarabangsa Changi terpaksa ditutup selama 50 minit dan melibatkan berpuluh ribu pengembara. Ini semua kerana satu pesawat awam Cessna 208 tanpa jadual asal masuk ke ruang angkasa Malaysia, dalam perjalanan ke Singapura (lapangan terbang pesawat peribadi Seletar) dari Selatan Thailand.

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Laporan The Star:

Singapore informed by DCA of Cessna flight

PETALING JAYA: The Department of Civil Aviation informed its Singapore counterpart of the flight plan of a Cessna 208 plane, which caused a major security alert at Changi Airport on Tuesday.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy said the DCA allowed the plane, which took off from Koh Samui in Thailand to enter Malaysian airspace, as it posed no danger.

“It was just a small plane and we had confirmed that it brought no threat to the country’s defence.

 “The DCA immediately informed its Singapore counterpart after getting the information from the Thai DCA that the plane was having some problems and needed repairs in Singapore,” he said after attending the memorial service of Prof Dr Wolfgang Franke here yesterday.

Dr Franke, who died in September last year, was a guest professor at the Chinese Faculty, Universiti Malaya where Chan graduated.

It was reported that Singapore scrambled two F-16 fighters to intercept the plane, piloted by two Australians.

The incident caused a major flight disruption at Changi which was forced to close for 50 minutes.

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Sejak kebelakangan ini, SAF dibawah pimpinan Rear Admiral (NS) Teo Chee Hean telah dibangunkan dengan pelbagai senjata dan peralatan peperangan yang strategik. Senjata seperti program kapal selam Kockum Class dari Sweden, program frigat Lafayette Class “Project Delta” dari Perancis, pembelian kereta kebal Leopard III dari Jerman, pesawat tempur F16C, pembelian helicopter tempur AH 64D Apache Longbow dan paling terbaru, program pesawat tempur superior F15-ST Eagle dari Amerika Syarikat (yang disokong oleh pesawat pengangkut minyak KC-130H and pesawat amaran awal (AWACS)E-2C Hawkeye) .

SAF E-2C which operates from Tengah Air Base

Pembelian dan pembangunan senjata senjata ini menunjukan bukan sebagai ‘alatan pertahanan’ (asset of defense and ‘deterrence’), malah ianya lebih cenderung kepada Singapura sebagai ‘aggressor’, dirantau ini. Ini kerana Singapura merupakan sebuah negara kecil dan jiran jiran sekeliling rantau ini bukanlah bersifat hostil (hostile), malah tidak pernah menunjukan ‘kuasa’ (force) dalam apa apa masalah intra ASEAN ini, yang memberi sebab untuk persenjataan sebegini kuat dibangunkan.

Mungkin ini boleh dijelaskan dengan doktrin pertahanan, sebagaimana yang dihuraikan Tim Huxley, seorang penganalisa pertahanan terkemuka rantau ini dalam bukunya Defending the Lion City.

Ianya, berkaitan rapat dengan SAF yang telah dibangunkan oleh jurulatih dan ‘penasihat’ teknikal dan strategik Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), semenjak PM Lee Kuan Yew dengan mendadak dan tergesa gesa membuat keputusan untuk membangunkan angkatan bersenjata sendiri, setelah di’nyah’ keluar dari Malaysia pada Ogos 1965. Ini dinyatakan dalam buku memoir beliau, From Third World To First dan The Singapore Story.

Singapura sebagai ally kuat Israel dirantau ini dan peristiwa serangan pesawat keatas pusat dagangan dunia Manhattan, New York 11 September 2001 ‘menghantui’ dan menjadikan Singapura ‘paranoia’.

*Gambar-foto dimuat naik dari http://www.airliners.net

Published in: on January 27, 2008 at 11:23  Comments (4)