BONSERNEWS.com – DPR Speaker Puan Maharani welcomed the return of 472 historical artefacts to Indonesia by the Dutch Government.
He emphasized that all the historical heritage of the nation and state in other countries must be returned to the country.
“Historical heritage should return to the motherland. This is a legacy that we must protect and fight for together so that our children and grandchildren can later see how this nation’s history was formed,” said Puan, Tuesday, July 11, 2023.
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Puan appreciated the Dutch Government’s good intentions in finally returning Indonesia’s treasures. According to him, this is the second time the historical heritage of the Dutch colonial era has been returned.
“I appreciate the good intentions that the Dutch government continues to carry out. This also shows that the relations between the two countries are very closely intertwined. This is also proof that we have put historical past aside,” he said.
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For information, in 1977 the Dutch Government returned 235 artifacts, some of which were confiscated by the Dutch during the Lombok War in 1894. The objects returned included keris, heirlooms, and Negarakertagama books.
This time, the 472 historical objects returned by the Dutch consisted of 355 Lombok treasures, 4 Singasari statues, 1 Klungkung keris, and 132 Pita Maha collections in the form of works of art. The return of these historic objects took place at the Volkenkunde Museum, City of Leiden, Netherlands. In this case, the Government of Indonesia was represented by the Director General of Culture of the Ministry of Education and Culture-Research and Higher Education (Kemendikbud Research-Dikti), Hilmar Farid.
Puan, who is the Coordinating Minister for PMK, also encouraged the government to continue collecting other Indonesian historical relics. One of them, the ancient Javanese human skeleton found by the Dutch paleoanthropologist Eugene Dubois around East Java in the 1890s.
“Steps of persuasion must continue to be put forward so that we can get evidence of the civilization of our nation’s past lives,” said Puan. ()