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Monument to Soeharto established in Yogyakarta

Jakarta Post - March 1, 2013

Slamet Susanto, Yogyakarta – A tall monument that occupies a 3,800 meter plot of land located at Kemusuk Lor Hamlet, Bantul regency, in the southern part of Yogyakarta has been erected by the extended family of the late former president Soeharto.

The monument exhibits dozens of photographs and other memorabilia that show the late former president's life story from when he was born until his departure.

"We built this monument so that people who come after him would still be able to recognize what Pak Harto did for his beloved country," Soeharto's half brother, Probosutedjo, said on Friday.

The opening of the Soeharto monument, which stands on 600 m2, has coincided with the commemoration of the March 1 General Attack, in which Soeharto had played a leading role despite controversy.

Soeharto's elder daughter Siti Hardiyanti Rukmana, widely known as Tutut, hoped that the monument of her father would be a positive experience for people.

"Please take all the benefits from learning from my father's experiences and just throw out the bad examples should you find them," she said.(dic)