27 May. 1998
Muchtar Pakpahan, head of the Indonesian Labour Welfare Union, speaks at a news conference at the union headquarters in Jakarta May 27. Pakpahan, who was released along with Sri Bintang Pamungkas from jail on Monday, said the US$40 billion International Monetary Fund program should be withheld until after political reforms have been carried out in the country. Pakpahan also thanked American President Bill Clinton and Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair for their continued support of democratic reforms in Indonesia.