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Senin, 01 Desember 2008

Sultan Babullah Proposed for National Hero Title

Ternate, North Maluku (ANTARA News) - A number of prominent figures in North Maluku have urged the government to award the title of national hero to a 16th-century local ruler, Sultan Babullah of Ternate.

"Next October, we will hold a national seminar in Ternate to discuss our proposal to recognize Sultan Babullah as a national hero," Ari Munandar, a North Maluku culturalist, said here on Monday.

The seminar to be attended by local and national historians, was expected to issue a recommendation to the central government to bestow a national hero`s title on Sultan Babullah.

He said Babullah deserved the hero`s title because as a sultan of Ternate in the sixteenth century he fought foreign colonizers especially the Portuguese and managed to expel the Portuguese from Ternate.

The power of the Ternate sultanate culminated under Sultan Babullah (1570-1584) who succeeded in driving out the Portuguese from his realm in 1575.

Ternate`s airport was named after Sultan Babullah because the North Maluku people appreciated his struggle against foreign colonizers, he said. (*)

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