NUSADAILY.COM – MALANG – Not many people remember that today 16 December is the day of the death of idealist activist student Soe Hok Gie. Not many people know either, if December 17 is the day of his birth. Yes, Soe Hok Gie was born in Jakarta, December 17, 1942 – died at Mount Semeru, December 16, 1969 at the age of 26 years.
He was a Chinese Indonesian activist who opposed successive dictatorships from President Sukarno to Suharto. Soe Hok Gie is a student of the Faculty of Letters, University of Indonesia, History Department in 1962-1969.
Graduating from Kanisius College High School, Soe studied at the University of Indonesia (UI) from 1962 to 1969. After completing his studies at the university, he became a lecturer at his alma mater until his death. He during the period as a student became an active dissident, protesting President Sukarno and the PKI. Soe is a prolific writer, with various articles published in newspapers such as Kompas, Kami Harian, Sinar Harapan, Indonesian Students, and Indonesia Raya.
As a supporter of life close to nature, Soe was quoted as saying by Walt Whitman in his diary: “Now I see the secret of making the best person is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.” In 1965, Soe helped found Mapala UI, an environmental organization among students.
Gie really enjoyed hiking, and died from breathing in poison gas while climbing the Semeru volcano the day before her 27th birthday. He died with his colleague, Idhan Dhanvantari Lubis and was buried in what is now the Taman Prasasti Museum in Central Jakarta.(aka)