Jakarta: Three members of the Investigating Committee for Prepraratory Work for Independence (BPUPKI) have been granted national hero titles.
The three figures are Abdul Kahar Mudzakir, Alexander Andries Maramies, and KH. Masjkur.
The award was presented by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo at the State Palace in Jakarta on Friday, November 8, 2019. It was based on Presidential Decree Number 120 of 2019 concerning the Granting of the National Hero Titles.
"They gave a lot for this country," said Titles, Honors and State Honors Board deputy chairman Jimly Asshiddiqie.
Kahar Muzakir was a Muslim scholar. He was also the founder of the Indonesian Islamic University (UII) and led the campus in 1948-1960.
Maramis was a former finance minister. He was the signatory of the first Oeang Republic of Indonesia or the first currency in Indonesia.
Masjkur served twice as minister of religious affairs in 1947-1949 and 1953-1955. He was also known as one of the NU (Nahdlatul Ulama) figures.
The government have also granted national hero titles to Prof. Mohammad Sardjito, Ruhana Kuddus, and Sultan Himayatudin.
Sardjito was a medical figure in Indonesia. His dedication was recorded in the fields of education and health in the era of the struggle for independence.
Meanwhile, Ruhana Kuddus was media pioneer from West Sumatra. He was also widely known as women empowerment figure and freedom fighter.
Sultan Himayatuddin was a Sultan of Buton for two periods in 1750-1752 and 1760-1763. He also tenaciously defended his people against the VOC.