There are mixed feeling in the air. Some people mourn, some people are still angry, some people don’t care about Soeharto’s death. It is a bit tragic, imo, Indonesia’s longest running president died without a unanimous respect by the country. His late wife, Ibu Tien, was having a far more greater respect by the whole country when she died years ago.
Let’s gather some facts here:
He has developed our country, the economy was stable, and oil price was subsidized. Many people could enjoy a peaceful atmosphere, army could be dropped in any riots quickly. Not many groups are dare to create demos, therefore traffic was better.
There was some blurriness in the history. Supersemar is one of it. Supergareng is another. Superpetruk was not settled. The yuckiest unnecessary yet unexplained riot in Jakarta history, the May 1998 tragedy, is still left without answer.
There was also petrus, penembak misterius. If you talk bad things about the government and Soeharto’s regime (like what I am doing now), you would end up floating dead in one of the dirty river.
More bad stuff
He corrupts, the family corrupts, the whole circle of friends corrupt too. (Yes, this is only my claim observing from far far away planet) Peace was fake, more because of fear. No liberty at many areas: press and freedom of speech most affected.
Extra more bad stuff
I didn’t get any piece of the cake. Fyi, I think he is the richest man (family) on earth.
Who wouldn’t want to have money, right?
There could be more good and/or bad stuff that I missed. I write this in a flash, honestly just out of annoyance about the fact that he is going to be titled as a national hero.