It didn’t take long for Indonesia’s new reformist president Jokowi to run into controversy.
Human rights activists have criticised his decision to appoint the former army chief of staff, Ryamizard Ryacudu, as Indonesia’s new defence minister.
Ironically, Jokowi had said he wanted to form a clean Cabinet.
At this time, we should also remember Indonesia’s heroic human rights activist, Munir Said Thalib, who was murdered via arsenic poisoning while onboard a Garuda flight from Jakarta to Amsterdam in 2004. Munir, who founded the Kontras human rights organisation in Indonesia and won the 2000 Right Livelihood Award, is widely seen as a national hero for exposing rights violations in the Old Order.
This video from 2010: