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Young Indonesian leader makes 'personal gesture' at MacDonald house

Published on Mar 25, 2014 12:34 PM
Young Indonesian leader Dino Patti Djalal laying flowers at MacDonald House on March 25, 2014, the site of a 1965 bombing by two Indonesian marines. -- PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

A young Indonesian leader on Tuesday visited a memorial at MacDonald House, the site of a 1965 bombing, and lay flowers at the monument in Orchard Road.

Dr Dino Patti Djalal, 48, had also laid flowers a day before at the graves of the two marines who carried out the bombing.

He told The Straits Times that his gesture was "to highlight the fact that this issue is sensitive to both nations".

"It's a painful period for both of us. Given the fact that this issue has somewhat recaptured public imagination... I think it's important to do this act of laying the flowers at the graves of Usman (and) Harun (the two marines)," said Dr Djalal, a potential presidential candidate.

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