Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Indonesian Independence


The Proclamation of Indonesian Independence (Indonesian: Proklamasi Kemerdekaan Indonesia, or simply Proklamasi) was read at 10.00 a.m. on Friday, August 17, 1945. The declaration marked the start of the diplomatic and armed-resistance of the Indonesian National Revolution, fighting against the forces of the Netherlands and pro-Dutch civilians, until the latter officially acknowledged Indonesia's independence in 1949. In 2005, the Netherlands declared that they had decided to accept de facto 17 August 1945 as Indonesia's independence date.

The document was signed by Sukarno and Mohammad Hatta, who were appointed President and Vice-president respectively the following day.

Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proclamation_of_Indonesian_Independence

Logan Heritage

According to retired Professor Suryadi Samin from Riau Province, Indonesia, the name "Indonesia" itself was coined by James Richardson Logan, a British lawyer based in Penang. 

In Penang history, Logan sided with the locals and often assisted them. Once he helped a local win a lawsuit against the East India Company.

A building complex at Beach Street was recently restored and is named Logan Heritage in his honour. Logan Heritage is separated from Standard Chartered building by Union Street. Both open onto Beach Street.