26 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 (IMF) 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.