Three days after defending his wife against charges of bribery and corruption Indonesian President, General Suharto appeared in public with her on Sunday (20 April to open a new fairground museum organised and sponsored by the country's first lady.
GV Indonesian Vice President Adam Malik and wife and party arriving at museum (2 shots)
SV PAN 'Taman Mini' staff in national costume
SV Other visitors arriving at museum
GV President Suharto and wife arriving
CU Sign reading Museum Indonesia
SV President Suharto making inaugural speech and guests listening (2 shots)
GV Indonesian girls in national costume walking towards museum
SV PAN Along members of Taman Mini staff
GV Visitors leaving museum
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Background: Three days after defending his wife against charges of bribery and corruption Indonesian President, General Suharto appeared in public with her on Sunday (20 April to open a new fairground museum organised and sponsored by the country's first lady. The previous week, President suharto denied rumours that his wife made decisions on state contracts and accepted bribes, and accused her critics of plotting to overthrow his government. Opposition groups in Indonesia have dubbed Mrs Suharto 'Mrs Ten Per Cent' but the President has warned them the army will continue to back his rule.
SYNOPSIS: The inaugural ceremony was attended by a number of foreign dignitaries and government officials including Indonesian Vice President Adam Malik. Up to fifty thousand people crowded at the entrance to the museum to watch the celebrations and the exotic costumes of the staff representing Indonesia's varied ethnic groups.
The President and Mrs Suharto received in enthusiastic welcome from the onlookers as they arrived for the inauguration. The museum has been designed by Mrs Suharto along the lines of the famous American Disneyland parks. It was built five years ago but recently has been completely reorganised. Known as Taman Mini - a miniature of Indonesia - the museum covers seventeen acres, and contains many buildings created to exemplify traditional forms of Indonesian architecture. IN the past the museum has been criticised heavily for its splendid extravagance that contrasts sharply with the poverty of rural villages in which the bulk of Indonesia's 140 million people live.