Heldy Djafar

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October 28, 2021

Heldy Djafar (11 June 1947 – 10 October 2021) was the ninth wife of Soekarno, the first president of the Republic of Indonesia. Heldy Djafar was born to H Djafar and Hj Hamiah. He is the youngest of nine siblings. She married Soekarno in 1966. At that time Soekarno was 65 years old while Heldy Djafar was 18 years old. The witnesses were DPA Chairman Idham Chalid and Minister of Religion Saifuddin Zuhri. Their marriage only lasted two years. At that time the political situation was increasingly uncertain. Communication did not run smoothly after Soekarno became a prisoner at Wisma Yaso, Jalan Gatot Subroto. Heldy had said he wanted to separate, but Soekarno persisted. Soekarno just wanted to be separated by death. Finally, on June 19, 1968, 21-year-old Heldy remarried to Gusti Suriansyah Noor, a descendant of the Banjar Kingdom. At that time, Heldy, who was pregnant, received news of Soekarno's death. Soekarno died on June 21, 1970, at the age of 69 years. Later, one of his six children, Maya Firanti Noor, married Ari Sigit, the grandson of Indonesian President Suharto.

Early life

Heldy was born in Tenggarong, Kutai Kartanegara, East Kalimantan, on August 10, 1947 to H Djafar and Hj Hamiah. He is the youngest of nine siblings. When Hj Hamiah was pregnant with Heldy, the woman had time to see the full moon (full moon). Then a colleague of H Djafar who was visiting his house (a Chinese) said that when the baby was born, he had to be careful until he grew up, and when Heldy was in junior high school, an aunt who was considered good at fortune-telling and was usually called Mbok Nong said that in the future if he grows up, he will get a "big man". Since childhood, he has finished reading the Qur'an. Erham, Heldy's eldest brother, said that their parents were quite respected in the area. Heldy's parents house is a house on stilts. The building extends to the side reaching 30 meters and extends to the rear 40 meters. Made of selected wood with a ceiling of four meters high and has a long window down with a wooden lattice, then covered with glass on the outside. The number of windows is quite a lot. Above the front entrance of the house is written the year the house was built, 1938. When car passengers distributed leaflets announcing that there would be a speech by President Soekarno in Samarinda, Heldy's older brother, Yus, picked up the sheet of paper while standing behind the fence of his house, Mangkurawang Street. Heldy also whined to meet the President, but was refused.

Migrate to Jakarta

Time keeps running. Heldy turned into a teenager who attracted the attention of his colleagues. At that time he was still in junior high school which was located on Mount Pedidi, Jalan Rondong, Demang Tenggarong, Kutai Kartanegara, East Kalimantan. When he was in the third grade of junior high school, Heldy moved to a junior high school in Samarinda. Heldy's move was made because of the nationalization of Dutch companies. As a result, H Djafar, Heldy's father, temporarily rested from his job at Oost Borneo Maatschapppij. After graduating from junior high school, Heldy moved to Jakarta following his brother to seek knowledge. Her dream is to become an interior designer. Even though the distance between Samarinda and Jakarta is quite far, Heldy never gives up on stepping his feet to reach for hope. From Samarinda, he took a boat to Balikpapan. Then he boarded the Naira ship from Semayang Harbor, Balikpapan, headed to Surabaya accompanied by his brother, Milot (jamilah) and his brother-in-law Idzhar. Then from Surabaya they took a train to Jakarta and stopped at Gambir Station. When his feet first touched Jakarta, Heldy felt proud. Moreover, in 1963, the streets in Jakarta were paved, the Semanggi bridge was wide and formed an attractive arch, houses and buildings were made of concrete and the leaves of large trees were thick on the side of the road.

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