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Web-only Exclusives
November 30, 2000

From Our Correspondent: Hirohito and the War
A conversation with biographer Herbert Bix

From Our Correspondent: A Rough Road Ahead
Bad news for the Philippines - and some others

From Our Correspondent: Making Enemies
Indonesia needs friends. So why is it picking fights?

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PASSAGE


DIED

SUBADIO SASTROSATOMO, 82, SOCIALIST author, critic and former general secretary of the Socialist Party of Indonesia (PSI). Subadio died on Dec. 7 in Jakarta of complications following a stroke. A life-long rebel, he was first jailed during Dutch rule for his Independence activities, and again under President SUKARNO. He turned down the prime minister's post in 1947 and in his old age wrote a number of books criticizing the New Order regime of President SUHARTO. Suharto's government imprisoned Subadio for his alleged involvement in a student revolt in 1974. His most recent books were banned until Suharto resigned in May. The best known of them is Badio Menolak Pemimpin Orde Baru (Badio Rejects the New Order).


DIED

S.S. GILL, 84, FORMER chief justice of Malaya and a civil servant for 43 years, at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital, on Dec. 7, following a prolonged illness. Gill qualified for the English Bar in 1950 and became chief justice in 1974.


DIED

WILLIAM TAN HO CHOON, 95, former speaker of the Sarawak state assembly, at his home in Kuching on Dec. 6. A senator from 1963 to 1971, Tan was a founder of the now defunct Sarawak Chinese Association, part of the alliance that formed Sarawak's first elected government after the formation of Malaysia in 1963.


SENTENCED TO DEATH

TENGKU JONARIS BADLISHAH, 24, for murdering SALLY POH BEE ENG, 42, a beautician in Singapore. A nephew of Malaysia's Sultan of Kedah, Jonaris fatally bludgeoned Sally Poh earlier this year to steal her gold-and-diamond-studded Rolex wristwatch, which he then gave to his Thai girlfriend, a prostitute. The High Court of Singapore passed the sentence on Dec. 8, dismissing Jonaris's claim of mental illness.


RELEASED ON BAIL

TIAN CHUA, 35, PRO-TEM chairman of Malaysia's People's Coalition for Democracy (Gagasan), an informal grouping of opposition parties and NGOs, on Dec. 5. He was charged earlier with taking part in an illegal assembly and failing to disperse. Police will tell him Dec. 19 whether he faces additional charges.


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