On Friday, the minister visited Guntur Soekarno Putra, the heir of the first Indonesian President Soekarno, to seek permission to use the first president's photo on the new rupiah notes.
Risma met Putra at Guntur Soekarno Putra's residence in Jakarta. Before visiting the Karno family, Risma had met with the family heirs of Indonesia's first Vice President Mohammad Hatta, who is Meutia Hatta.
In addition to the heirs of Soekarno and Mohammad Hatta, there were other six heirs of national heroes -- Raden Djuanda Kartawidjaja, Cut Meutia, Mohammad Husni Thamrin, KH Idham Chalid, Frans Kaesiepo, and GSSJ Ratulangi -- whose approval was sought for the issuance of new rupiah series.
The rupiah banknotes of Rp100,000, Rp50,000, Rp20,000, Rp10,000, Rp5,000, Rp2,000, and Rp1,000 will retain the 2016 version of the pictures of national heroes. During her visit to Guntur Soekarno Putra's residence, she sought permission on behalf of the government to use a photo of Soekarno, as it will be printed on the new banknote series.
At the meeting, Guntur Soekarno Putra also gave Risma two books titled “Catatan Merah dari Putera Bung Karno” and “Bung Karno: Bapakku, Kawanku, Guruku.”
Putra revealed that the book was written in 1977 and has been published thrice.
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"It is about my experience with Karno, a lot of human interest. 'Catatan Merah' contains articles that I wrote, which were published by seven media, and I compiled it into one book," Putra revealed.
He also expressed optimism that during Risma's leadership in the ministry, the introduction and study of heroic values can be instilled in the minds and hearts of children and young people.
Furthermore, Minister Risma is sanguine that the nation's children would be aware of the struggles of Indonesia's heroes.
According to Risma, this awareness should not only be represented through the currency or banknotes (rupiah) circulated by Bank Indonesia.
"Frankly, not only through this gift, but I also hope our children can get to know them (the national heroes)," Risma stated.
Risma, who oversees the Ministry's Directorate of Heroism, Pioneering, Solidarity and Social Restoration, also expects children to not solely learn about the struggles of heroes through textbooks.
Risma remarked that there was a special school in Surabaya where children develop a greater sense of respect and admiration for national heroes.
"Thus, they do not easily lose hope or give up when they are facing any trouble. It is important (to know) that our heroes were lacking in weapons and war knowledge but could still win against the invaders," she remarked.
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