On Wednesday, August 6, 2008, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his wife, "Ibu Ani," attended a mass cremation held in the village of Batur at Mount Kintamani.
The mass cremation, an event held once every two years at the village, "freed" the souls of 139 deceased local residents including 94-year-old Guru Nyoman Santi, the Father of Indonesia's current Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik. Santi died approximately 1.5 years ago.
While President Yudhoyono did not speak publicly at the Balinese cremation ceremony, the Bali Post quoted Minister Wacik who related: "Earlier, the President whispered to me, if the entire Indonesian people could only emulate an event (the cremation) like this Ė to gather together, shoulder to shoulder in unity Ė national development could be accelerated."
A number of cabinet members joined the President and Jero Wacik cremation ceremony in Kintamani.
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