Suharto, Farewell to the King
By: L.R. Baskoro et al.
Length: 168 pages
Release date: Sep 10, 2013
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DURING his 32 years in power Suharto had plenty of opportunities to do good and bad—which he did, alternately. However, there was a process which seemed to go on forever under his administration, the length of which could only be outdone by Cuba’s Fidel Castro. This process was centralization, and even personalization, with figurehead Suharto as the nucleus of the entire nation.
Political Science Professor from Ohio State University, R. William “Bill” Liddle, said that Suharto has two faces. He was a dictator, but was also the Father of Development. In this special edition, Tempo captures the many faces of Suharto.
Suharto’s leadership was marked by a strong level of personal subjectivity. He created an Indonesia which was ‘prosperous,’ centralistic, and respected, without paying attention to matters of democracy or human rights. Things began to fall apart for him when his children became aggressive in business.