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S'pore raises concerns over naming of Indonesian ship after convicted marines

Singapore has registered its concerns with Indonesia over the naming of a new navy ship to honour past servicemen.

SINGAPORE: Singapore has registered its concerns with Indonesia over the naming of a new navy ship to honour past servicemen.

A KOMPAS newspaper article on February 4 said the "KRI Usman Harun" will be the last of three frigates to be delivered to the Indonesian navy this year.

It is named after two Indonesian marines -- Osman Hj Mohd Ali and Harun Said -- who were convicted and executed in Singapore for the March 10, 1965 bombing of the MacDonald House.

The bombing took place during the Indonesian Confrontation against Malaysia during 1963-1966.

Responding to media queries, Singapore’s Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman said "the two Indonesian marines were found guilty of the bombing which killed three people and injured 33 others."

The spokesman said, "Singapore had considered this difficult chapter in the bilateral relationship closed in May 1973 when then-Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew visited and scattered flowers on the graves of the two marines."

Singapore's Foreign Affairs Minister K Shanmugam spoke to Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa to register Singapore's concerns over the naming of the navy ship and the impact this would have on the feelings of Singaporeans, especially the families of the victims.

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