Harun Thohir

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Harun Said bin Muhammad Ali
Nickname(s) Harun
Born (1947-04-04)4 April 1947
Bawean Island,Gresik, East Java
Died 17 October 1968(1968-10-17) (aged 25)
Singapore
Buried at Kalibata Heroes' Cemetery
Allegiance  Indonesia
Service/branch Indonesian Navy
Years of service 1962–1965
Rank Lance Corporal
Awards National Hero of Indonesia

Lance Corporal Harun Thohir (alias Harun Said Muhammad Ali) (1947-1968) is now regarded as a National Hero of Indonesia,[1] and known for his role in MacDonald House bombing in Singapore on 10 March 1965, alongside his partner, Usman Harun (alias Janatin), during the Indonesia-Malaysia Confrontation.

Following his arrest and trial for the attack, which resulted in civilian casualties of 3 deaths and 33 injuries,[2][3] Thohir, together with Usman was sentenced to death on October 1968, and later buried in Kalibata Heroes' Cemetery, Jakarta. Both of them were later honored as the National Hero of Indonesia. In 2014, one of the ships of the Bung Tomo-class corvette by the Indonesian Navy was named after him and Usman, the KRI Usman-Harun. The name however, causes controversy between Indonesia and Singapore, and Singaporean government banned the ship named from berthing at their port.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mirnawati (2012). Kumpulan Pahlawan Indonesia Terlengkap [Most Complete Collection of Indonesian Heroes] (in Indonesian). Jakarta: CIF. ISBN 978-979-788-343-0. 
  2. ^ "Memorial for Konfrontasi victims, heroes unveiled". ChannelNewsAsia. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Lim, Yan Liang. "Memorial to victims of Konfrontasi unveiled". AsiaOne. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  4. ^ http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/singapore-naming-indonesian-warship-after-marines-would-reopen-old-wounds