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Indonesian media says S’pore cancelled airshow invite

Indonesian media yesterday reported that Singapore had rescinded an invitation to the Chief of Staff of the Indonesian Navy and his delegation of around 100 junior officers to the Singapore Airshow, which starts tomorrow. An Indonesian Defence Ministry spokesman was reported as saying that he understands that the cancellation was connected to Indonesia’s decision to name a naval warship after two marines responsible for a deadly bombing on MacDonald House in 1965 that left three dead. When contacted by TODAY to confirm if the invite was indeed withdrawn, Singapore’s Ministry of Defence (Mindef) spokesman Kenneth Liow declined to comment. But when pressed, Colonel Liow did not deny the Indonesian reports.

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Indonesians on alert as haze strikes again

While thousands of people in Java are facing an extreme rainy season and flash floods damaging their homes and farms, people in other parts of the country have been choked in thick haze from forest fires. The haze in Pontianak, West Kalimantan, has prompted the city administration to close kindergartens and elementary schools from Thursday to Saturday.

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Yang Pertama dan Utama : SIR During Konfrontasi

LTG Winston Choo was the first Chief of Defence Force of the SAF from 1974 to 1992. He was also an alumni of the prestigious Federation Military College (FMC now Royal Military College-RMC) from 1959 until 1961. Upon completion of his FMC training in Port Dickson, he was a Second Lieutenant in 1SIR where he served as 11th platoon commander of ‘C’ (Charlie) Company. 2LT Choo later saw action in Pulau Sebatik during the Konfrontasi.

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The Last Refuge of Scoundrels

Konfrontasi was an undeclared war. So no armies facing off against each other. The Indonesian forces basically engaged in sabotage. These acts of aggression were not the acts of open warfare but surreptitious sabotage. And in many cases including the MacDonald House bombing, the original orders for the two soldiers was to target military targets. However, the military targets were too well protected. The bank was a secondary "soft" civilian target. The objective was to foment terror. It was ultimately, an act of terrorism.

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The Indonesian government should rein in its navy for its own sake

Four decades on, it comes as a puzzle why this issue is being given the opportunity to resurface, given that the Indonesian navy would not be short of worthy – and less controversial – historical figures to commemorate. It is possible that the navy, unlike the dominant army that has long enjoyed close ties with its Singapore counterpart, had less compunction about broaching this potentially sensitive issue. Unfortunately, given that it is an election year, the issue could gain traction domestically with Singapore being the usual target for politicians looking to burnish their nationalist credentials.

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MACDONALD HOUSE BOMB EXPLOSION IN SINGAPORE IN 1965

Arising from the bombing, two Indonesian marines were arrested and charged with murder. They were hanged on 17 October 1968. In retaliation, 400 agitated students in Jakarta, Indonesia, ransacked the Singapore embassy there and proceeded to attack the consul's residence and the homes of two other Singaporean diplomats. They also burnt the Singapore flag. Throughout the period of Konfrontasi, 37 bombs hit Singapore, the worst single incident being the MacDonald House bombing.

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S’pore raises concerns over naming of Indonesian ship after convicted bombers

A KOMPAS newspaper article on February 4 said the "KRI Usman Harun" will be the last of three frigates to be delivered to the Indonesian navy this year. It is named after two Indonesian marines -- Osman Hj Mohd Ali and Harun Said -- who were convicted and executed in Singapore for the March 10, 1965 bombing of the MacDonald House. The bombing took place during the Indonesian Confrontation against Malaysia during 1963-1966.

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