Julius K. Nyerere: Melawan Imperialisme Ekonomi

26 May 1998

Former Presiden Soeharto

Office of the President of the Republic Indonesia


Julius K. Nyerere: Melawan Imperialisme Ekonomi[1]


Dear Friend,

Like millions of the people in the world I have over recent weeks and months been listening with concern and sympathy to the news of happenings in Indonesia. There was nothing I could to do help in your own and your government’s struggle to defend the Indonesian economy against attack by Northern Banks and the financiers; under those circumstances I could only pray that the peace and unity of your country would prove strong enough to with stand the forces of economic Imperalism.

You have decided that peace and renewed progress of your country can now best be served by you standing down from the office of President in favour of your legally designated successor. Of Course I respect your judgment in this. My purpose in writing now is, teherefore, quite simple.

As you return to private life I want  to thank you for the work you have done for the South Centre – and thus I hope for the developing countries as a group – while you were the President of your country. I also want to say how much I have appreciated the constant encouragement wich I have received from you, both while I was Chairman of the South Commision, and as I have been working as chairman of the Centre.

Therefore please allow me to express my personal good wishes for the future. I believe that history will acknowledge the very great service you have given to your country and its people.

Your Sincerely

Julius K. Nyerere

[1]       Dikutip langsung dari buku berjudul “Empati di Tengah Badai: Kumpulan Surat Kepada Pak Harto 21 Mei – 31 Desember 1998”, (Jakarta: Kharisma, 1999), hal 434. Surat ini merupakan salah satu dari 1074 surat  yang dikirim masyarakat Indonesia dari berbagai pelosok, bahkan luar negeri, antara tanggal 21 Mei – 31 Desember 1998, yang menyatakan simpati setelah mendengar Pak Harto mengundurkan diri. Surat-surat tersebut dikumpulkan dan dibukukan oleh Letkol Anton Tabah.

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