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01 January 2010

Died Wahid, Pluralism in Indonesia Endangered

By Republika Newsroom
Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 19:01:00

YOGYAKATA - Governor of Yogyakarta Sultan Hamengkubuwono X revealed after his death kekhawatirannnya KH Abdurrahman Wahid (Gus Dur) as no longer guarding the pluralism in Indonesia. ''Yes, I worry about the endangered pluralism in Indonesia died after Gus Dur, as he was the personification of idealism in terms of democracy and pluralism as well as a guard in Indonesia,''said Sultan in Yogyakarta Kepatihan, Thursday (31/12).

Moreover, he said, the political elites now tend to prioritize economic approach. And using the cultural approach and give priority to civilization is more important than just making people prosperous. And, the political elites also tend to use purely political approach.

According to Sultan, until now there has been no single figure in Indonesia, which appeared to replace Wahid. ''We lost a great man who had been idealize democracy and pluralism,''said one of the leaders of this national reform.

Post-Wahid's death, in Yogyakarta there are various activities and creation as an expression of mourning, among others: the zero point of the city of Yogyakarta (in front of Gedung Agung), the statue's head that Gus Dur is the biennale's roses and sprinkled in front of the statue was placed one flowers krans grieve with the words, "Gus Dur, save the nation there is in nature. Biennale Jogja Also Mourning". Meanwhile, in front of the monument there is a prayer for Jogja Wahid who lit candles to accompany the departure of humanitarian Gus Dur. NRI / KPO

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