Singapore expresses disappointment after Indo marines pose as MacDonald House bombers

Singapore expresses disappointment after Indo marines pose as MacDonald House bombers

Singapore's Foreign Ministry has expressed concern and disappointment over an incident on Wednesday at an international defence event in Jakarta, where two Indonesian marines posed as the perpetrators of the MacDonald House bombing in 1965.


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Here is the full statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the Indonesian marines who posed as the MacDonald House bombers at the Jakarta International Defence Dialogue exhibition:

"We are concerned and disappointed over the incident at the Jakarta International Defence Dialogue (JIDD) exhibition in which two Indonesian marines posed as the two Indonesian perpetrators of the MacDonald House bombing that killed three innocent civilians and injured another 33 in Singapore in March 1965.

On learning of the incident, the SAF's delegation at the JIDD withdrew from the event and returned to Singapore.

Our officials at the Embassy in Jakarta also spoke with representatives from the Indonesian Foreign Ministry and the Indonesian military to express disappointment over the incident, an international event to which Singapore was invited as a guest.

We are also puzzled by comments by Indonesian Defence Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro who, according to Indonesian media, said that there was "no problem" with the presence of the two marines at the JIDD.

As Minister Purnomo would be aware, Singapore's position on the naming of the Indonesian warship KRI Usman Harun was clearly laid out by Minister (Foreign Affairs) and Minister (Defence) in Parliament on Feb 18.

The posing of the two marines at the JIDD did not reflect the spirit of Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa's comments of Feb 11 that no ill-will or malice was intended towards Singapore."

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