A wax figure of Indonesia’s first president Sukarno was inaugurated at the Madam Tussauds wax museum in Bangkok at 2 p.m. local time on Monday by former president Megawati Soekarnoputri.
The museum claims that the figure was made as perfect as possible, as the making process involved deep research, including gathering information from Sukarno’s family. The museum adapted Sukarno’s style during a state visit to the US in 1960 when making the figure. He was in the US to attend the UN general assembly, where he delivered his famous speech To Build the World a New.
The statue’s attire was designed by Samuel Wattimena, a noted Indonesian designer.
The figure was made as a gesture of honor from Madame Tussauds and the Tourism Authority of Thailand to Sukarno.
Megawati, Sukmawati Soekarnoputri, Puti Guntur Soekarno, Rini Sumarno, and Sukarno’s grandchildren attended the inauguration ceremony.
The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) deputy secretary general, Hasto Kristiyanto, was also at the inauguration.
“The honor is for Sukarno personally. He is not only owned by Indonesia, he belongs to the world,” Hasto said as quoted by kompas.com.