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Soeharto memorial to tell it like it was

Jakarta Post - June 10, 2013

Slamet Susanto – The Grand General HM Soeharto Memorial, chronicling the life of the second Indonesian president, opened on Saturday.

Siti Hardijanti "Tutut" Rukmana, Soeharto's eldest daughter, said the memorial would tell the truth about the former president.

"There are systematic efforts to wipe out the service of the Great General Soeharto throughout his life," Tutut said, during the inauguration of the memorial in Kemusuk village, Bantul regency, Yogyakarta.

She said the memorial was built to remember the merits of Soeharto as one of the country's heroes. "A great nation is a nation which has never forgotten the merits of its heroes," Tutut said.

A brass statue of Soeharto at the entrance of the memorial which looks south. Visitors can gaze in wonder the minutiae of Soeharto's childhood including the well where baby Soeharto was first bathed.

Other parts display the epic of Soeharto's life from his entry into the military to the opening of his political career. Soeharto's life history is presented through photographs, written descriptions, statues and slide shows. (fan/ebf)