Jumat, 05 Februari 2016
In exile, Sukarno’s love story in Bengkulu
Exile: In 1938, the Dutch sent Sukarno to Bengkulu, a city lacking in political activity and fairly hard to reach. -
In that class he met Fatmawati, Hasan Din’s 15-year-old daughter, a year younger than Ratna Djuami.
Fatmawati came from Curup, a nearby village. When she continued her studies at a home economics school in Bengkulu, she sought a place to live and Sukarno invited her to stay in his house.
She became a member of the family, sharing a room with Ratna Djuami and another foster child, Sukarti, who was 10 years younger than Ratna.
In the house Sukarno and Inggit set up a theater club, Monte Carlo.
Several youths joined as players, including Ratna and Fatmawati. They frequently trained or played badminton in the yard.
Sukarno was fond of Fatmawati and they strolled along Panjang Beach many times, discussing many things.
Twenty years her senior, Sukarno was a father figure.
Inggit, however, was suspicious. After staying in the house for two years, Fatmawati moved to her grandmother’s home not far away, still seeing Sukarno from time to time.
Two years later, when Fatmawati was 17, her family was going to marry her off to a youth. She asked for Bung Karno’s views. Instead of giving her advice, Bung Karno expressed his love and proposed to her. Fatmawati agreed, but did not want to become a second wife.
Sukarno’s reasons for marrying Fatmawati — a desire to have children — was something that the 53-year-old inggit could not accept, more so because Fatmawati had stayed with her family.
When Japan invaded Sumatra on Feb. 12, 1942, Sukarno and his family were evacuated to Padang, West Sumatra. He held Fatmawati’s hands when he said goodbye in front of her grandmother’s home.
Sukarno eventually divorced Inggit after 20 years of marriage, accompanying her back to Bandung. In June 1943, amid the wartime and his work to free Indonesia, Sukarno sent a telegram to a friend in Bengkulu, asking him to inform Fatmawati of his plans to marry her.
Their marriage lasted for 13 years, until another woman, Hartini, won his heart. Fatmawati left the presidential palace and chose to live by herself. Sukarno felt deep affection for five more women in later years.
Nonetheless, Fatmawati made a profound impression on the minds of Indonesians, not only as the first lady when Sukarno became president, but also as the woman who made the flag flown when Sukarno and Hatta proclaimed the nation’s independence on Aug. 17, 1945.
The love story of Sukarno and Fatmawati is captured by two places in Bengkulu: the Exile House of Bung Karno on Jl. Sukarno and the Fatmawati House on Jl. Fatmawati near Simpang Lima, Bengkulu.
The Bung Karno house lies on 4 hectares, with its main building measuring 9-by-18.5 meters. Part of the house has been renovated according to its original form.
The house keeps an old bicycle of Sukarno and a reproduction of the famous photo showing Sukarno and Fatmawati riding in tandem.
An oval office in front has two cabinets with about 200 of Sukarno’s books. A bed used by Sukarno and Inggit is in an adjacent room, along with two wardrobes for Monte Carlo costumes and a table designed by Bung Karno.
Photos feature Monte Carlo players, a teenaged Fatmawati dressed in black posing with the Sukarno family and love letters sent by Sukarno to Fatmawati.
Across from the room of Sukarno and Inggit is the one used by Ratna Djuami and Sukarti, also known as Kartika, where Fatmawati stayed for almost two years.
The house also features a well with a reputation for healing.
“A man who had difficulty in having children once came here before dusk, took a bath in the well water and performed his dusk prayers in this house,” Yaman said. “Several years later he visited here again with his wife and a little child for a thanksgiving party with a feast.”
A replica of the house of where Fatmawati lived lies in Simpang Lima, some 400 meters away. The original house was located about a hundred meters closer to Simpang.
Its most attractive object is the old, hand-operated Singer sewing machine that was used to sow the Independence flag by Fatmawati, who had five children with Sukarno, including Megawati Sukarnoputri — the country’s fifth and only woman president.
Another Bung Karno site open to tourists is Mesjid Jamik on Jl. Soedirman near Simpang Tiga market. With a three-tier pyramidal roof and a front terrace, the mosque is where Bung Karno attended prayer services.
It is also a reminder that Sukarno was a polymath: The future president was a graduate of Technische Hoogeschool, the embryo of the Bandung Institute of Technology.
He designed the mosque and two other houses in 1940, one on Jl. KH Ahmad Dahlan 48, now owned by Alfian; the other at Jl. Prof. Dr. Hazairin 3137 — 3138 belonging to Ki Agus Husin.
Sourse: - See more at: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/07/04/in-exile-sukarno-s-love-story-bengkulu.html#sthash.UdT0bVoZ.dpuf