The Jakarta Post writes:
The government has proposed late former president Soeharto and nine other deceased figures to get national hero status to the Honor and Service Council, Cabinet secretary Dipo Alam said in Jakarta Sunday.
Dipo said that the proposal, made by the Ministry of Social Service, was being assessed by the Honor and Service Council before being decided by the President.
“It’s not true that one Pak Harto will get the national hero status. There are nine others who are being proposed by the Ministry of Social Service,” Dipo said as quoted by kompas.com.
Suharto (8 June 1921 – 27 January 2008) was the second President of Indonesia, toppled from power in 1998 after ruling the country for 32 years (1967-1998). Some recognized him as Indonesia’s “Father of Development” due to his service to the country; while critics blamed him responsible to some human rights violations and corruption scandals.
Do you think Pak Harto deserved to get national hero title? Why?