Many people protested against this proposal saying that Soeharto did not deserve the award because of the abuse of power when he was in power from 1966 to 1998 that caused very big difficulties to the country.
In reaction to that protest Ruhut Sitompul, lawyer and member of the House of Representatives from the Democrat Party, alleged that people who do not agree with the said proposal are children of the former members of the Indonesian Communist Party.
Due this allegation, Ruhut was sued by four persons who do not agree with the proposal i.e. Judilherry Justam, Chris Siner Key Timu, Muhammad Chonzin Amirulla and Stefanus Asat Gusma, have submitted a lawsuit against Ruhut with the District Court of Central Jakarta last Tuesday.
The said Plaintiffs claimed that Ruhut has committed an Illegal Action against them when he made the above mentioned allegation.
The submission of said lawsuit shows that the image of the Indonesian Communist Party is very ugly in Indonesia, therefore people would be very angry if they are called members of said party.
Sources (in Bahasa Indonesia) :
- Ruhut Sitompul Digugat Terkait Pernyataan PKI (Hukum Online)
- Soeharto Tak Dapat Gelar Pahlawan Nasional (Suara Pembaruan)
- Gelar Pahlawan Nasional Bagi Soeharto Berisiko Tinggi (Okezone)
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