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Singapore expresses disappointment at Indo marines who pose as bombers

Published on Mar 20, 2014 11:52 PM
The Indonesian Navy's three newest frigates, which are now being fitted at a yard in Britain. (From right) KRI Usman Harun 359, KRI John Lie 358 and KRI Bung Tomo 357. -- PHOTO: INDONESIAN NAVY

SINGAPORE’S Foreign Ministry has expressed concern and disappointment over an incident on Wednesday at an international defence event in Jakarta, where two Indonesian marines posed as the perpetrators of the MacDonald House bombing in 1965.

The uniformed duo wore badges that said Usman and Harun, after Osman Mohamed Ali and Harun Said, who were convicted and executed in Singapore in 1968 for the bombing that left three civilians dead and injured 33 others.

Indonesia plans to name a new frigate the KRI Usman Harun, after the two marines who were made national heroes in 1968. But the move, publicised in February, drew protests from Singapore and strained bilateral ties. 

“We are concerned and disappointed over the incident at the Jakarta International Defence Dialogue (JIDD) exhibition,” an MFA spokesman said in response to media queries. “On learning of the incident, the SAF’s delegation at the JIDD withdrew from the event and returned to Singapore.”

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