Fall of Suharto

Postcard: Medan

Joshua Oppenheimer's The Act of Killing covers the calamitous period in Indonesia's history when former president Suharto gained power in the aftermath of a much-debated coup in 1965.

Joshua Oppenheimer's The Act of Killing is one of eight 63rd Berlin International Film Festival winners screening at the 37th Hong Kong International Film Festival. 

Sunday, 24 March, 2013, 3:50pm

Silence of the ruling brotherhood

In death, Indonesia's former president Suharto was praised as a great and almost saintly ruler. At the state funeral, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono saluted the casket, one general to another, and declared: 'His service is an example to us.'

2 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Democracy on a roll

Today, Indonesia has its first direct presidential election. What the electioneering has shown, thus far, is encouraging. The parliamentary elections last month were hard fought and had among the most complicated electoral instructions ever seen. But no one has complained about the results or the organisation of the polls.

5 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

Symbolic shift of portraits as old icon ends in dustbin

As Indonesia changes, so too does the iconography of the state.

Although Mr Suharto did not foster a personality cult to compare with those of Mao Zedong or Saddam Hussein, he did promote his image.

A framed photograph of a stern-faced Mr Suharto was displayed in all public buildings alongside that of his vice-president of the day.

23 May 1998 - 12:00am

Indonesia faces reality

At first sight, Indonesia's acceptance of the stringent conditions attached to yesterday's huge international bailout package appears to signal a new realism in Southeast Asian economic affairs.

2 Nov 1997 - 12:00am